13 Michigan Schools Awarded 2018 National Blue Ribbon Recognition

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

October 1, 2018

LANSING – Thirteen exemplary, high-performing schools in Michigan are being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

“Michigan schools are creating high-quality learning environments that encourage all students to achieve and succeed,” said Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles. “Congratulations to these fine schools. Their academic accomplishments serve as milestones to celebrate on our way to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years.”

Named as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) are these public schools and their districts:




Achieve Charter Academy

Achieve Charter Academy

Akron-Fairgrove Elementary School

Akron-Fairgrove Schools

Canton Charter Academy

Canton Charter Academy

Dearborn STEM Middle School

Dearborn City School District

Eagle Lake Elementary School

Edwardsburg Public Schools

Ernest W. Seaholm High School

Birmingham City School District

Holmes Elementary School

Spring Lake Public Schools

International Academy

Oakland Schools

Jeffers Elementary School

Spring Lake Public Schools

Lake Hills Elementary School

Grand Haven Area Public Schools

Pine River Elementary School

Bullock Creek School District

Rosy Mound School

Grand Haven Area Public Schools

Village Oaks Elementary School

Novi Community School District


Each year, Michigan Department of Education (MDE) nominates 13 public schools annually for this award in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category. Public schools are nominated by each state’s Department of Education and non-public schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

This year, USED is honoring up to 420 National Blue Ribbon Schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 7-8 in Washington, D.C. Each school receives a banner and plaque. Last year, 342 schools were honored nationwide.

In its 36-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award upon more than 8,800 of America’s public and private schools.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award flag gracing a school’s building is a widely-recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years. Student group performance and high school graduation rates for each group are at high levels.

For more information on the National Blue Ribbon School program and the U.S. Department of Education’s press release, visit:  http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.


U.S. Department of Education Press Office:

(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov