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13 Michigan Schools Win National Blue Ribbon Recognition

September 28, 2016

LANSING – Thirteen high-performing Michigan schools are being recognized as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Michigan Department of Education announced today.

“These 13 schools have worked hard to create learning environments that engage and encourage all students to achieve,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said. “Their commitment and practices can serve as models for other schools to learn from and follow.”

Whiston added that MDE’s plan to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years is geared to help all schools match the practices and academic results of Michigan’s National Blue Ribbon Schools.

“To become a Top 10 education state within 10 years, we must replicate the accomplishments of these National Blue Ribbons Schools in all corners of the state,” Whiston said.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) bestows the prestigious National Blue Ribbon designation on 13 exemplary, high-performing schools nominated by each state.

This year’s schools in Michigan are: 

  • Deerfield Elementary School, Avondale School District
  • Dodson Elementary School, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
  • Gaines Elementary School, Swartz Creek Community Schools
  • Griffin Elementary School, Grand Haven Area Public Schools
  • Kingsley Area Elementary School, Kingsley Area Schools
  • Lakeside School, East Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Lessenger Elementary School, Lamphere Public Schools
  • Marshall Elementary School, Byron Center Public Schools
  • Okemos Public Montessori-Central, Okemos Public Schools
  • South Elementary School, Hudsonville Public School District
  • Stevens T. Mason Elementary School, Grosse Pointe Public Schools
  • Vera Ralya Elementary School, Haslett Public Schools
  • Schroeder Elementary School, Troy School District

These 13 Michigan schools are the top public schools in the state when ranked on:

  • Performance of all students and each of the school’s subgroups on state assessments
  • Attendance for elementary and middle schools
  • Graduation rate in high schools  

The USED’s National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools in one of two categories: Exemplary High Performing Schools and Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools. In its 34-year history, more than 8,000 of America's schools have received the coveted award.

This year’s awards ceremony in Arlington, Virginia, is scheduled for November 7-8.

More information, including the USED’s press release, is available at: For more information on the National Blue Ribbon School program, visit: