Blue Ribbon Schools

The National Blue-Ribbon Schools Program (NBRS) is a national recognition program, honoring elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States that are making significant progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups or whose students achieve high overall academic excellence. Through this program, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) recognizes and celebrates these schools, while providing a model that all students can reach high levels of achievement.

USDOE allows the Ohio Department of Education to nominate 14 public schools each year. At least one-third of these 14 schools must have 40 percent or more of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds. There are two categories for nomination:

  1. Exemplary High Performing Schools
  2. Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing

In recent years, ODE has decided to nominate schools in the Exemplary High Performing category. More information about the eligibility criteria for each of these categories can be found on the USDOE’s National Blue Ribbon Website.

Once nominated by ODE, these public schools must apply to USDOE for this award.

USDOE invites the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) to nominate private schools that meet the high performing and exemplary improvement criteria for recognition. Private schools interested in being nominated apply directly to CAPE.



  • Canfield – Canfield Village Middle School (Canfield Local )
  • Canfield – South Range Elementary School (South Range Local)
  • Dayton – Oakwood Junior High School (Oakwood City)
  • Hicksville – Hicksville Elementary School (Hicksville Exempted Village)
  • Lewis Center – Olentangy High School (Olentangy Local)
  • Lynchburg – Lynchburg-Clay Elementary School (Lynchburg-Clay Local)
  • Massillon – Sauder Elementary School (Jackson Local)
  • Massillon – Watson Elementary School (Perry Local)
  • Mineral Ridge – Seaborn Elementary Scho (Weathersfield Local)
  • Port Washington – Port Washington Elementary Schoo (Indian Valley Local)
  • Solon – Grace L Roxbury Elementary School (Solon City)
  • Versailles – Versailles Elementary School (Versailles Exempted Village)
  • Wadsworth – Isham Memorial Elementary School (Wadsworth City)


  • Dublin Jerome High School (Dublin City)
  • Fallen Timbers Middle Schoo (Anthony Wayne Local)
  • Girard Intermediate Middle School (Girard City)
  • Granville High School (Granville Exempted Village)
  • Hilltop Elementary School (Beachwood City)
  • Hocking Hills Elementary School (Logan-Hocking Local)
  • Mariemont Junior High School (Mariemont City)
  • Marion Local Elementary School (Marion Local)
  • Minster Elementary School (Minster Local)
  • Montgomery Elementary School (Sycamore Community City)
  • Orchard Park Elementary School (Kettering City)
  • Pugliese Elementary School West (Steubenville City)
  • Saint Brigid of Kildare Elementary School (Diocese of Columbus)
  • Seton Catholic School (Diocese of Cleveland)
  • Westerly Elementary School (Bay Village City)
  • Whipple Heights Elementary School (Perry Local)


  • Avon Middle School (Avon Local)
  • Buckeye Woods Elementary (School South-Western City)
  • C.O. Harrison Elementary School (Oak Hills Local)
  • Central Elementary School (Logan-Hocking Local)
  • Constellation Schools: Westpark Community Elementary (Constellation Schools: Westpark Community Elementary)
  • Crosby Elementary School (Southwest Local)
  • Eastwood Elementary School (Eastwood Local)
  • Evanston Academy Elementary School (Cincinnati Public Schools)
  • Holy Trinity School (Diocese of Cleveland)
  • Rocky River High School (Rocky River City)
  • Saint Paul School (Diocese of Columbus)
  • Solon Middle School (Solon City)
  • South Elementary School (New Philadelphia City)
  • Spencerville Elementary School (Spencerville Local)
  • Tyler Run Elementary School (Olentangy Local)
  • West Boulevard Elementary School (Boardman Local)


  • Akron Early College High School (Akron City Schools)
  • Beachwood Middle School (Beachwood City Schools)
  • Bloom-Vernon Elementary School (Bloom-Vernon Local Schools)
  • Bluffsview Elementary School (Worthington City Schools)
  • Boyd E. Smith Elementary School (Milford Exempted Village Schools)
  • Crestview Elementary School (Crestview Local Schools)
  • Dayton Regional STEM School (Dayton Regional STEM School)
  • Franklin Elementary School (Delphos City Schools)
  • Freedom Trail Elementary School (Olentangy Local Schools)
  • Minster Jr/Sr HIgh School (Minster Local Schools)
  • Norwayne Middle School (Norwayne Local Schools)
  • Solon High School (Solon City Schools)
  • Wadsworth Middle School (Wadsworth City Schools)
  • Worthington Christian Middle School (Non-Public) (Worthington Christian Schools)


  • Bath Elementary School (Revere Local Schools)
  • Bluffton Elementary School (Bluffton Exempted Village Schools)
  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School (Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools)
  • Central Elementary School (Lexington Local Schools)
  • Hazel Harvey Elementary School (Chippewa Local Schools)
  • Indian Riffle Elementary School (Kettering City Schools)
  • John Foster Dulles Elementary School (Oak Hills Local Schools)
  • Mansfield Spanish Immersion School (Mansfield City Schools)
  • Maplewood Elementary School (Maplewood Local Schools)
  • Mariemont Elementary School (Mariemont City Schools)
  • Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (Archdiocese of Cincinnati Schools)
  • Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School (Diocese of Cleveland Schools)
  • Oakwood Elementary School (Paulding Exempted Village Schools)
  • Saint Andrew-Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School (Archdiocese of Cincinnati Schools)
  • Stadium Drive Elementary School (Boardman Local Schools)
  • Twin Oak Elementary School (Mount Vernon City Schools)


  • Nolley Elementary School (Manchester Local Schools)
  • Miamitown Elementary School (Southwest Local Schools)
  • Ledgeview Elementary School (Nordonia Hills City Schools)
  • East Garfield Elementary School (Steubenville City  Schools)
  • Orchard Hill Intermediate School (North Canton City Schools)
  • Toll Gate Elementary School (Pickerington Local Schools)
  • Toll Gate Middle School (Pickerington Local Schools)
  • Waynesville Elementary School (Wayne Local Schools)
  • Wyandot Elementary School (Dublin City Schools)


  • Grace L. Roxbury Elementary School (Solon City Schools)
  • Leighton Elementary School (Aurora City School District) 
  • Madeira Middle School (Madeira City Schools)
  • Samuel Bissell Elementary School (Twinsburg City School)
  • St. Edward High School (Lakewood) (Catholic Diocese of Cleveland)   
  • Scioto Ridge Elementary School (Olentangy Local Schools)
  • Summit Road Elementary School (Reynoldsburg City Schools) 
  • William Mason High School (Mason City School) 
  • Worthington Christian Elementary School (Columbus)

2015 Blue Ribbon Public School Awardees

  • Amherst, Amherst Junior High School
  • Sherwood, Fairview Middle School
  • Goshen, Goshen High School
  • Columbus, Hamilton Township High School
  • Beachwood, Hilltop Elementary School
  • Lynchburg, Lynchburg-Clay Elementary School
  • Cortland, Maplewood Middle School
  • Loudonville, R. F. McMullen Elementary School
  • Hamilton, Ross High School                                
  • Columbus, Saint Agatha Catholic School
  • Lima, Shawnee Maplewood Elementary School
  • Columbiana, South Side Middle School
  • Bay Village, Westerly Elementary School
  • Wyoming, Wyoming Middle School

2014 Blue Ribbon Public School Awardees

  • Albion Elementary School, North Royalton City, Cuyahoga
  • Avondale Elementary School, Plain Local, Stark
  • Brookville High School, Brookville Local, Montgomery
  • Charles L Seipelt Elementary School, Milford Exempted Village, Clermont
  • Columbus Preparatory Academy, Ohio Council of Community Schools, Franklin
  • East Elementary School, Mount Vernon City, Knox
  • Fort Loramie Elementary School, Fort Loramie Local, Shelby
  • Ironton High School, Ironton City, Lawrence
  • Perrysburg High School, Perrysburg Exempted Village, Wood
  • RC Waters Elementary School, Benton Carroll Salem Local, Ottawa
  • Versailles Middle School, Versailles Exempted Village, Darke
  • West Branch High School, West Branch Local, Mahoning

2014 Blue Ribbon Private School Awardees

  • Norwalk Catholic Elementary, Norwalk, Huron
  • Notre Dame Elementary School, Chardon, Geauga
  • Saint Brigid of Kildare Elementary School, Dublin, Franklin

Previous Years

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