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Blog Posts

NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Missouri

Missouri liaison Catherine Rust reflects on her long history with the program and its impact on the Missouri Gold Star Schools.



For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and criteria for both public and non-public schools. Contact your state liaison.

The Promise of Personalized Learning

logo of USED Homeroom blogThe Homeroom blog of the US Department of Education reports on a meeting learning convened last month by the White House Domestic Policy Council and the USED’s Office of Innovation and Improvement to explore the impact of personalized learning and chart its future path. A key takeaway: “Since implementing personalized learning, districts and schools have seen rising levels of student engagement, improved graduation and college enrollment rates, reduced discipline rates and greater teacher retention.” Read the report.

2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools Celebrate!

Students at Worthington Christian Elementary School (Columbus, OH) produced a news segment on their school’s recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Principal Angela Clenendon of Coeburn Middle School (Coeburn, VA) attributes her school’s NBRS recognition to concerted efforts by teachers, staff, students, and parents.

Students at Weiner Elementary School (Weiner, AR) watching Secretary John B. King’s announcement break into cheers and later, the school song.

Students and staff a St. Joseph’s Academy, Baton Rouge, LA celebrate the school’s fourth NBRS award.

Student enthusiasm is high at Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Fort Worth, TX) as the school’s National Blue Ribbon School status is announced.

Principal Tara Estep announces to teachers at Hansen Elementary School (Cedar Falls, IA) that the school has been named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Students at St. Joan of Arc School (Hershey, PA) celebrate their award with pom-poms and cheers.

Students at Penn Alexander School (Philadelphia, PA) cheer their award as blue confetti falls from the ceiling.

A local news station covers the NBRS 2016 announcement at Challenger Intermediate School (Goddard, KS).

National Blue Ribbon School Built Nation’s First Fab Lab

fab lab engineering
Students gather digital data for 3-D printing

Retired engineer Dale Johnson realized his mission to introduce students to engineering in his town of Mahtomedi, Minnesota, when local interest, energy, and funding culminated in the first Fab Lab (3-D Fabrication Laboratory) to be built in a US public school.

In this latest National Blue Ribbon school site visit video, Mahtomedi High School Principal Kathe Nickleby and other teachers and students describe the engineering program and the benefits of learning the engineering process.

Edutopia Features PA National Blue Ribbon School

logo from edutopiaEdutopia, the educational website of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, highlights the success of National Blue Ribbon School Hampton High School in Hampton Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Edutopia has been following the school for a while and showcases four videos on the school’s work with performance based assessments in math and chemistry, exit tickets, and working with a Technology Instructional Coach. Learn more. 

Junior at 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Earns AA Degrees

National Blue Ribbon Schools offer extraordinary opportunities to students willing to willing to take them advantage of them. D’Angelo Martinez, a junior at Middle College High School at San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton CA) is such as student. Although he has another year of high school, Martinez has already earned three Associates degrees–in arts and humanities, Spanish, and teacher preparation. Read more about this National Blue Ribbon School outstanding student.

2014 National Blue Ribbon School Leader Wins Award and a Chance to Hold a Boa Constrictor

principal abby oliver holds celebration boa constrictorPrincipal Abbie Oliver of the 2014 National Blue Ribbon School Sprunica Elementary School (Nineveh, IN) received a “Hometown Hero” award from Nashville-based Modern Woodmen. The celebration included a “silly safari” with wild animal handler “Coyote” Chris that featured a red-tailed boa constrictor, supported here by Coyote Chris, Oliver, and students. In addition to a catered lunch for all staff and goody bags for students, Oliver received $100 to donate to a charity of her choice.

Making Kale Cool–In School!

The Active Learning Environment School (TALES), PS 244 in Queens, New York, a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, has been at the forefront of healthy school lunches for several years. Students learn not only about healthy food and nutrition; they prompted the school leadership to remove sugary drinks and provide vegetarian meals. Learn more at our spotlight on TALES and hear Principal Robert Groff, III, explain how and why they made these changes and what they do for kids.

Meanwhile, all U.S. students between the ages of 8 – 12 are invited to put on their own chef hats and get cooking. First Lady Michelle Obama encourages students to invent an original recipe for school lunch that is healthy, affordable, and delicious. Winners (one from each state) will be celebrated at the 2016 Kids’ State Dinner at the White House.