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NBRS Award Winners

Find this year's schools on our National Blue Ribbon Schools award winners list

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What is the timeline for nominating, applying, and awarding a National Blue Ribbon Schools award?

Timeline for 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Date Due
October 20, 2016 The Secretary sends a letter of invitation to the CSSOs and CAPE requesting nominations of schools.
November 30, 2016 Plans for public school nominations from CSSOs and non-public school nominations from CAPE are due to the Department.
December 12, 2016 Plans for nominations are reviewed for alignment with the general eligibility criteria of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
December 16, 2016 Non-public school applications are due to CAPE.
January 13, 2017 Public school nominations from states are due to the Department.
January 18, 2017 The Department invites schools nominated by CSSOs to apply for recognition as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
January 29, 2017 CAPE selects its non-public school nominations.
February 28, 2017 Selected non-public school applications are due to the Department.
March 31, 2017 Completed public school applications are due to the Department.
April-June, 2017 Applications are reviewed for completeness, quality and accuracy.
August, 2017 States certify that nominated public schools have met all eligibility requirements.
September, 2017 The Secretary announces the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
November, 2017 Two representatives from each school, the principal and a teacher, attend the recognition ceremony in Washington, DC.