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DoDEA Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence

bookcover-blueribbonThree Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Schools were recognized today by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

McBride Elementary School, Ft. Benning GA; Seoul Elementary School, Seoul Korea; and Ramstein Middle School, Ramstein Germany received the honor.  The Blue Ribbon Schools Program annually recognizes approximately 300 public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students are performing at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in student achievement levels.


Founded in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag overhead has become a mark of excellence in education recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. Since the program's founding, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on more than 7,000 of America's schools Blue Ribbon Schools share some key qualities.

  • Their leaders not only articulate a vision of excellence and hold everyone to high standards, they stay close to the real action of teaching and learning.
  • Mutual respect and trust run deep in their cultures.
  • The whole school community embodies a sense of collegiality and commitment and members are supported by mentoring and professional development.
  • Data from many sources are used diligently to adapt teaching and learning to support every student.
  • Families and educators work together in partnership.

National Recognition

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. These schools serve as examples for other schools throughout the nation and details of their achievements are shared on the U.S. Department of Education's website.

Eligibility

The Department of Education invites Chief State School Officers (CSSOs) for all states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to apply for recognition as National Blue Ribbon Schools. In submitting nominated schools, the CSSO of each state and these entities must certify that the nominated schools meet the minimum requirements established by the Department and describe any other criteria used by the state to nominate the schools. States must rely on their state assessment systems to identify schools for submission to the Secretary. Each state's nomination criteria must pertain equally to all schools nominated by the state. Visit the Department of Education for details on eligibility and visit our Flickr pages to see photos from previous winners.   

DoDEA Schools Recognized (1982 Through 2016)

McBride Elementary School

Fort Benning, GA

2016

Seoul American Elementary School

Korea

2016

Ramstein Middle School

Germany

2016

Osan MIddle School

Korea

2015

Wiesbaden Middle School

Germany

2015

Bowley Elementary School

Fort Bragg, NC

2015

Aukamm Elementary School

Germany

2014

Matthew C. Perry Elementary School

Japan

2014

Kingsolver Elementary School

Fort Knox, KY

2013

Lakenheath Middle School

United Kingdom

2013

Seoul American Middle School

South Korea

2013

Boeblingen Elementary Middle School

Boehlingen, Germany

2012

Charles Turner Joy Elementary/Middle School

Chinhae, S. Korea

2012

SHAPE Elementary School

Mons, Belgium

2012

West Point Middle School

West Point NY

2011

Amelia Earhart Intermediate School

Okinawa, Japan

96-97

Aschaffenburg American School

Aschaffenburg, Germany

87-88

Augsburg American High School

Augsburg, Germany

94-96

Bahrain Elementary School -
High School

Manama, Bahrain

84-85

Bonn American High School

Bonn, Germany

86-87

Coevorden American School

Coevorden, Netherlands

91-92

Curundu Junior High School

Curundu, Panama

88-89

Fort Campbell High School

Fort Campbell, KY

01-02

Ft. Kobbe Elementary School

DoDDS-Panama Region

89-90

Frankfurt American High School

Frankfurt, Germany

83-84

Hahn American High School

Hahn Air Base, Germany

90-91

Heidelberg High School

Heidelberg, Germany

83-84
92-93

Heidelberg Middle School

Heidelberg, Germany

84-85

Hood Street Elementary School

Columbia, South Carolina

96-97

Mahaffey Middle School

Fort Campbell

90-91
99-00

Nile C. Kinnick High School

Yokosuka, Japan

88-89

Quantico Middle/High School

Quantico, VA

01-02

Rhein Main Junior High School

Rhein Main, Germany

83-84

Roosevelt Roads Elementary School

Roosevelt Roads Station, Puerto Rico

96-97

SHAPE American Elementary School

Mons, Belgium

00-01

Seoul American High School

Seoul, Korea

84-85

Sollars Elementary School

Misawa, Japan

93-94

West Point Middle School

West Point, New York

97-98

Wuerzburg American Middle School

Wuerzburg, Germany

92-93