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2015-2016 Application [PDF, 123K]

2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Timeline and Process:

Date Due
September 30, 2015 The Secretary sends a letter of invitation to the CSSOs and CAPE requesting nominations of schools.
November 20, 2015 Plans for public school nominations from CSSOs and non-public school nominations from CAPE are due to the Department.
December, 2015 Plans for nominations are reviewed for alignment with the general eligibility criteria of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
December 11, 2015 Non-public school applications are due to CAPE.
January 11, 2016 Public school nominations from states are due to the Department.
January 19, 2016 The Department invites schools nominated by CSSOs to apply for recognition as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
January 29, 2016 CAPE selects its nominations.
March 18, 2016 Completed public and non-public school applications are due to the Department.
April-May, 2016 Applications are reviewed for completeness, quality and accuracy.
August, 2016 States certify that nominated public schools have met all eligibility requirements.
September, 2016 The Secretary announces the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
November, 2016 Two representatives from each school, the principal and a teacher, attend the recognition ceremony in Washington, DC.

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Last Modified: 09/23/2015