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2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Timeline and Process:

Date Due
September 30, 2020 The Secretary of Education sends a letter of invitation to the CSSOs and CAPE requesting nominations of eligible schools.
October, 2020 Conduct webinar/TA conference calls to review guidance and application with liaisons.
October 30, 2020 Pre-registrations of non-public schools are due.
December 31, 2020 Nomination processes and data for public schools being considered for nomination from CSSOs are due to the Department.
January 6, 2021 Hard copy of non-public school applications and assessment results are due to CAPE.
January 11-15, 2021 Nomination processes and data for public schools being considered for nomination are reviewed by ED and a NBRS Assessment Panel for alignment with the general eligibility criteria of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
February 3, 2021 Approved public school nominations are entered by states into online portal.
February 8, 2021 The Department invites public schools nominated by CSSOs to apply for recognition as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
February 19, 2021 CAPE selects non-public school nominations.
April 9, 2021 Completed public and non-public school applications are due to the Department.
April-June, 2021 Applications are reviewed for completeness, quality, and accuracy.
August, 2021 States certify that nominated public schools have met all eligibility requirements.
September, 2021 The Secretary of Education announces the 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools (public and non-public).
November, 2021 Two representatives from each school, the principal and a teacher, attend the recognition ceremony in Washington, DC.

Previous Applications

  • 2019-2020 Application  PDF
  • 2018-2019 Application  PDF
  • 2017-2018 Application  PDF
  • 2016-2017 Application  PDF
  • 2015-2016 Application  PDF
  • 2014-2015 Application  PDF | Word
  • 2013-2014 Application  PDF | Word
  • 2012-2013 Application  PDF | Word
  • 2011-2012 Application  PDF | Word
  • 2010-2011 Application  PDF | Word
  • 2009-2010 Application  PDF | Word
  • 2008-2009 Application  PDF | Word
  • 2007-2008 Application  PDF | Word
  • 2006-2007 Application  PDF | Word
  • 2005-2006 Application  PDF | Word
  • 2004-2005 Application  PDF | Word
  • 2003-2004 Application  PDF | Word

Last Modified: 10/23/2020