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Three Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Schools were recognized recently by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Heroes Elementary School (Camp Lejeune, NC); Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School (Landstuhl, Germany); and Sasebo Elementary School (Sasebo, Japan) are among the National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized across the nation. The award is based on school’s overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“It is a great honor to receive National Blue Ribbon recognition,” said Thomas M. Brady, DoDEA Director. “The DoDEA schools which received National Blue Ribbon awards this year, Heroes Elementary School, Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School, and Sasebo Elementary School, are all exemplary institutions, and reflect the amazing work of our students and educators around the world.”

Less than 1% of public schools across the nation receive this honor each year.

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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.

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.

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 2020)

School Name Area Year
Heroes Elementary School DoDEA Americas - Mid-Atlantic 2020
Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School DoDEA Europe - Europe East 2020
Sasebo Elementary School DoDEA Pacific - Pacific East 2020
AFNorth Middle/High School The Netherlands - Europe West 2019
Maxwell AFB Elementary/Middle School Alabama - America - South East 2019
Vicenza High School Vicenza, Italy - Europe South 2019
Alconbury Elementary School Huntingdon, United Kingdom 2018
E.A. White Elementary School Fort Benning, GA 2018
Patch Middle School Germany 2017-18
Killin Elementary School Okinawa, Japan 2017
West Point Elementary School West Point, NY 2017
Ramstein Middle School Germany 2016
Seoul American Elementary School Korea 2016
McBride Elementary School Fort Benning, GA 2016
Bowley Elementary School Fort Bragg, NC 2015
Wiesbaden Middle School Germany 2015
Osan MIddle School Korea 2015
Matthew C. Perry Elementary School Japan 2014
Aukamm Elementary School Germany 2014
Lakenheath Middle School United Kingdom 2013
Kingsolver Elementary School Fort Knox, KY 2013
Seoul American High School Seoul, Korea 2013
1984-85
SHAPE American Elementary School Mons, Belgium 2012
2000-01
Charles Turner Joy Elementary/Middle School Chinhae, S. Korea 2012
Boeblingen Elementary Middle School Boehlingen, Germany 2012
West Point Middle School West Point, New York 2011
1997-98
Fort Campbell High School Fort Campbell, KY 2001-02
Quantico Middle/High School Quantico, VA 2001-02
Mahaffey Middle School Fort Campbell 1999-2000
1990-91
Hood Street Elementary School Columbia, South Carolina 1996-97
Amelia Earhart Intermediate School Okinawa, Japan 1996-97
Roosevelt Roads Elementary School Roosevelt Roads Station, Puerto Rico 1996-97
Augsburg American High School Augsburg, Germany 1994-96
Sollars Elementary School Misawa, Japan 1993-94
Wuerzburg American Middle School Wuerzburg, Germany 1992-93
Coevorden American School Coevorden, Netherlands 1991-92
Hahn American High School Hahn Air Base, Germany 1990-91
Ft. Kobbe Elementary School DoDDS-Panama Region 1989-90
Curundu Junior High School Curundu, Panama 1988-89
Nile C. Kinnick High School Yokosuka, Japan 1988-89
Aschaffenburg American School Aschaffenburg, Germany 1987-88
Bonn American High School Bonn, Germany 1986-87
Bahrain Elementary/High School Manama, Bahrain 1984-85
Heidelberg Middle School Heidelberg, Germany 1984-85
Frankfurt American High School Frankfurt, Germany 1983-84
Heidelberg High School Heidelberg, Germany 1992-93
1983-84
Rhein Main Junior High School Rhein Main, Germany 1983-84