National Blue Ribbon Schools


Annually, the U.S. Department of Education identifies National Blue Ribbon Schools based on nominations from state education agencies. Since 1982, more than 8,500 public and private schools have earned this distinction. The National Blue Ribbon School award is bestowed on schools demonstrating strong overall academic performance or schools making notable progress in closing achievement gaps.


The Connecticut State Department of Education uses results from its Next Generation Accountability System to select schools eligible to be nominated for the National Blue Ribbon award. All nominated schools are also Connecticut Schools of Distinction. “Exemplary High Performing Schools” are identified from the top 10 percent of schools based on the Accountability Index. “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools” are schools in the top 10 percent of schools based on the academic growth of students with high needs.


Read the press release announcing Connecticut’s 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools.


For more information about the program, a list of National Blue Ribbon Schools from previous years, and school profiles, please visit