Education Secretary John B. King Announces
the 329 National Blue Ribbon Schools of 2016!

U.S. Secretary of Education John King has announced 329 schools as the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The award is based on a school’s overall academic excellence or marked progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. National Blue Ribbon Schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. In his video message, Secretary King praised the 2016 schools: “As a former social studies teacher and a school administrator, I understand the tough choices you have to make. It takes courage to do the right thing for children, even in the face of significant obstacles. All of you–students, teachers and administrators–deserve our highest praise. You are shining examples for your communities, your state, and the nation.” The Department will honor 279 public and 50 private schools at a ceremony on Nov. 7 – 8 in Washington, D.C. In its 34-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on some 8,000 schools.

Here are some numbers that reflect interest in these awesome schools:

  • Overall, the National Blue Ribbon Schools website received 90,019 page views.
  • The Awards page on the website received 40,298 page views.
  • The National Blue Ribbon Schools press release received 6,755 page views.
  • Wednesday’s was the third most popular social media event in ed.gov history and the second most popular Facebook event!

Press Materials for 2016 Schools

Becoming a National Blue Ribbon School is a big deal!. To let your local news media know all about it, copy and adapt this press release template. For celebration inspiration, download some celebration ideas from former National Blue Ribbon Schools.

 2016 Schools Celebrate!

Find links to school videos and photos.

students with balloons