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Three DoDEA Schools Honored at 2017 National Blue Ribbon School Ceremony

Staff from DoDEA's Blue Ribbon Schools: Killin ES, West Point ES and Patch MS
Representatives from Killin Elementary School, Patch Middle School and West Point Elementary School all received plaques and flags to signify their exemplary status at the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony from November 6-7, 2017, Washington, D.C. Additional photos are available on DoDEA's Flickr stream.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos recently honored three Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Schools as part of the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Out of the 342 schools nationwide that were selected this year, Killin Elementary School at Camp Foster Marine Corps Base in Okinawa, Japan; Patch Middle School at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany; and West Point Elementary School at U.S. Army Garrison West Point in West Point, New York all received plaques and flags that signified their exemplary status.

Following the two-day ceremony, six representatives from Killin Elementary School, Patch Middle School and West Point Elementary School were recognized at DoDEA Headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 8 for the schools’ academic excellence. West Point Principal Ms. Denise DeMarco and Educational Technologist Dr. Susan Kerns; Patch Middle School Principal Mr. Rick Renninger and Educational Technologist Mr. Dale Liefson; Killin Elementary Principal Dr. Kendra White, Assistant Principal Dr. Jennifer Sears, as well as Ms. Melanie Horton, FEA Pacific Area Director, were all in attendance on behalf of their respective DoDEA Schools.

“Winning this award was phenomenal,” Liefson said. “To be able to go to the ceremony and be a part of that vast group of people with the same approach and dedication to their students is just beyond words.”

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.


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 2017)

School Name Area Year
Amelia Earhart Intermediate School Okinawa, Japan 1996-97
Aschaffenburg American School Aschaffenburg, Germany 1987-88
Augsburg American High School Augsburg, Germany 1994-96
Aukamm Elementary School Germany 2014
Bahrain Elementary/High School Manama, Bahrain 1984-85
Boeblingen Elementary Middle School Boehlingen, Germany 2012
Bowley Elementary School Fort Bragg, NC 2015
Bonn American High School Bonn, Germany 1986-87
Charles Turner Joy Elementary/Middle School Chinhae, S. Korea 2012
Coevorden American School Coevorden, Netherlands 1991-92
Curundu Junior High School Curundu, Panama 1988-89
Fort Campbell High School Fort Campbell, KY 2001-02
Ft. Kobbe Elementary School DoDDS-Panama Region 1989-90
Frankfurt American High School Frankfurt, Germany 1983-84
Hahn American High School Hahn Air Base, Germany 1990-91
Heidelberg High School Heidelberg, Germany 1992-93
Heidelberg Middle School Heidelberg, Germany 1984-85
Hood Street Elementary School Columbia, South Carolina 1996-97
Kingsolver Elementary School Fort Knox, KY 2013
Killin Elementary School Okinawa, Japan 2017
Lakenheath Middle School United Kingdom 2013
Mahaffey Middle School Fort Campbell 1999-00
Matthew C. Perry Elementary School Japan 2014
McBride Elementary School Fort Benning, GA 2016
Nile C. Kinnick High School Yokosuka, Japan 1988-89
Osan MIddle School Korea 2015
Patch Middle School Germany 2017
Quantico Middle/High School Quantico, VA 2001-02
Rhein Main Junior High School Rhein Main, Germany 1983-84
Ramstein Middle School Germany 2016
Roosevelt Roads Elementary School Roosevelt Roads Station, Puerto Rico 1996-97
SHAPE American Elementary School Mons, Belgium 2000-01
Seoul American Elementary School Korea 2016
Seoul American High School Seoul, Korea 2013
Sollars Elementary School Misawa, Japan 1993-94
West Point Elementary School West Point, NY 2017
West Point Middle School West Point, New York 1997-98
Wiesbaden Middle School Germany 2015
Wuerzburg American Middle School Wuerzburg, Germany 1992-93