Blue Ribbon Schools

National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

Recognizing Great American Schools Since 1982. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.  The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely-recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.


Program Details

Program Statute
Public Law 107-110 § 5411(b)(5)

Funding Source

Eligible Recipients
States may nominate elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve at very high levels and/or where the achievement gap is narrowing. At least one-third of the schools nominated from each state must have a student body with at least 40 percent being from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Performance Measures
Exemplary High Performing Schools - Regardless of the school's demographics or percentage of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the school is high performing. These are schools that are ranked among a state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments in both reading/language arts and mathematics or that score at the highest performance level on tests referenced by national norms in at least the most recent year tested.

Exemplary Improving Schools - These are schools with at least 40 percent of the students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have reduced the achievement gap by making the most progress in improving student performance in reading/language arts and mathematics on state assessments or tests referenced by national norms in at least the most recent year tested.


Award Recipients


2020 - 2021

School Site District

Brink Junior High School     

Moore School District
Chisholm Middle School Chisholm School District
Edmond Doyle Elementary School McAlester Public School District
Hoover Elementary School Enid School District
Laverne Elementary School Enid School District
Pioneer School Pioneer Public School District


2019 - 2020

School Site District

Fredrick Elementary School

Freedom Elementary School Sapulpa
John Rex Charter School John Rex Charter School     
McKinley Elementary School Norman Public Schools
Muldrow Middle School Muldrow Public Schools
Wayside Elementary School          Bartlesville Public Schools



School Site District
Centennial Elementary School Edmond Public Schools
Cheyenne Middle School Edmond Public Schools
Dove Science Academy -OKC Dove Science
Earl Harris Elementary School Bethany Public Schools
Grove Valley Elementary School Deer Creek Public Schools
Westwood Elementary School Stillwater Public Schools



School Site District
Booker T. Washington High School Tulsa Public Schools
Northwood Elementary School Piedmont Public Schools
L. Mendel Rivers Elementary School Altus Public Schools
Sadler Arts Academy Muskogee Public Schools



School Site District
Carnegie Elementary School    Carnegie Public Schools
Flower Mound Elementary School Flower Mound Public School
Harding Fine Arts Academy OKC Charter: Harding Fine Arts
Schwartz Elementary School Midwest City-Del City Public Schools
Tulsa School of Arts/Sciences Tulsa Charter: School of Arts/Sciences



School Site District
Adair High School Adair Public Schools
Bethany High School Bethany Public Schools
Edmond Doyle Elementary School McAlester Public Schools
Reydon Elementary School Reydon Public Schools
Southeast Elementary School Jenks Public Schools



School Site District
Bartlesville Mid-High School Bartlesville Public Schools
Central High Elementary School Central High Public Schools
Chisholm High School Chisholm Public Schools
Eisenhower International Elementary School Tulsa Public Schools

Harding Charter Preparatory High School

Oklahoma City Public Schools
Wayland Bonds Elementary School Moore Public Schools












School Site District
Hoover Elementary School Enid Public Schools
Hulbert Elementary School Hulbert Public Schools
KIPP Reach College Preparatory School Oklahoma City Public Schools
Pratt Elementary School Sand Springs Public Schools
Santa Fe High School Edmond Public Schools
Waurika Elementary School Waurika Public Schools



School Site District
Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School Oklahoma City Public Schools
Bishop Elementary School Bishop Public Schools
Carver Middle School Tulsa Public Schools
Cleveland Bailey Elementary School Mid-Del Schools
Deer Creek Prairie Vale Elementary School Deer Creek Schools
Gilmour Elementary School Kingfisher Schools


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Last updated on July 20, 2022