U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. today announced the 329 National Blue
Ribbon Schools for 2016, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School has been selected
to receive the prestigious award. The award is based on schools’ overall academic
excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary,
middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are
making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The 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 Schools flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of
exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a
model for schools still striving for excellence.
Now in its 34th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this
coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 7 and 8, the Department will
formally recognize the 279 public and 50 private schools at an awards ceremony in
All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student
scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing
schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest
performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups
and all students over the past five years.
- The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top
education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands,
the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The
Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of
420 schools nationwide may be nominated each year.