Do you know what the National Blue Ribbon Schools program is? Established in 1982 by the U.S. Department of Education, this program awards schools in the country that have notable academic excellence. There are several schools that have been awarded this distinction multiple times through the years. The following graphic created by AAAStateOfPlay visualizes the schools that have won more than four National Blue Ribbons through the years. The school that has won the most National Blue Ribbons is Catholic High School, which is located in Baton Rouge, LA. This private school has won six Blue Ribbons since 1982. Overall, there are seven schools that have won five Blue Ribbons and 18 schools that have won four Blue Ribbons.
Some of the factors the Department of Education looks at when awarding Blue Ribbons are academic excellence and closing the gap between top-performing students and the rest of the students. Public schools, charter schools, private schools, and other non-public schools are all eligible.
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