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National Blue Ribbon School


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2012 & 2019 National Blue Ribbon School

Clover Avenue Elementary has been recognized, along with 361 other schools, as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2019 (we were also recognized in 2012 for the same award). The award is based on a school’s overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. National Blue Ribbon Schools demonstrate that all students can achieve high levels.

​In her video message, Secretary DeVos applauded the 2019 schools: We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. As a National Blue Ribbon School, your school demonstrates what is possible when committed educators hold all students and staff to high standards and create vibrant, innovative cultures of teaching and learning. 

The Department will honor 312 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C. In its 37-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on more than 9,000 schools.

What is the National Blue ribbon?

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. 


The Education Department recognizes all schools 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 student groups and all students.


Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon Schools 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. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.