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15 Michigan Schools Awarded 2020 National Blue Ribbon Recognition

September 30, 2020

LANSING – Fifteen public and nonpublic schools in Michigan are being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Michigan Department of Education announced today.

“I congratulate these schools for earning this distinguished national honor based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among students,” State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice said. “Our Blue Ribbon schools serve as a shining model for every Michigan school striving for greater student achievement.”

Michigan’s 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools are:



Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary          

Diocese of Grand Rapids

Bemis Elementary School                            

Troy School District

Bridgman Elementary School

Bridgman Public Schools

Bridgman High School

Bridgman Public Schools

Brother Rice High School                              

Office of Educational Services – Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America

Discovery Elementary School                      

Kentwood Public School District

Edwardsburg Intermediate School      

Edwardsburg Public Schools      

Grandville Central Elementary School

Grandville Public Schools

Hemmeter Elementary School                      

Saginaw Township Community School Dist.

Hyatt Elementary School                              

Linden Community Schools

Musson Elementary School                          

Rochester Community Schools

New Buffalo Elementary School                  

New Buffalo Area School District

Riverview Elementary School

Big Rapids Public Schools

Webster Elementary School

Livonia Public Schools

Winn Elementary School

Shepherd Public Schools


The National Blue Ribbon Schools program honors public and nonpublic elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards. Michigan’s 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.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. Public schools are nominated by each state’s education department. Non-public schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

This year, USED is honoring 317 public and 50 non-public school National Blue Ribbon Schools at a virtual recognition ceremony Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C. Each school receives a plaque and flag by mail. The award flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. Last year, 362 schools were honored nationwide.

In its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.

For more information, visit the National Blue Ribbon School program website.

To contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Press Office, call (202) 401-1576 or email