Liaison Contacts and Maximum Number of School Nominations for States/Entities
Public schools are nominated by their Chief State School Officer (CSSO) to the National Blue Ribbon Schools program. All states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), are invited to apply. The U.S. Department of Education determines the number of nomination per state based on the number of K-12 students and schools in each state. One-third of the schools nominated by each state must have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Non-public schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).
Schools, both public and non-public, may be nominated for the award only once within a five-year period.
If you represent a public school and believe your school qualifies, you may contact your National Blue Ribbon Schools state liaison affiliated with your State Department of Education. Non-public schools may contact CAPE. The list of state/entity liaisons and maximum number of state/entity school nominations are listed here.