The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools. The program celebrates school excellence and turn around stories.

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National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC, where each receives a plaque and flag to signify its exemplary status. 13 of those schools are in Michigan. 

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U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 325 schools. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

The Michigan schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools are:

  • Ann Arbor – Martin Luther King Elementary School, Ann Arbor Public School District.
  • Avoca – Avoca Elementary School, Yale Public School District.
  • Bloomfield Hills – Conant Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills School District.
  • Caledonia – Dutton Elementary School, Caledonia Community School District.
  • Dearborn – Haigh Elementary School, Dearborn City School District.
  • Dearborn – Henry Ford Early College, Dearborn City School District.
  • Douglas – Douglas Elementary School, Saugatuck Public Schools.
  • Holland – Lakeshore Elementary School, West Ottawa Public Schools.
  • Lake Orion – Webber Elementary School, Lake Orion Community School District.
  • Marquette – Graveraet Elementary School, Marquette Area Public School District.
  • Mason – Alaiedon Elementary School, Mason Public School District (Ingham).
  • Troy – Barnard Elementary School, Troy School District.
  • Troy – Leonard Elementary School, Troy School District.
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Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award began in 1982 to bring public attention to the best schools in the United States and to facilitate communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools. The program was the brainchild of the second Secretary of Education, Terrel H. Bell, named by President Reagan.

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