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2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools Include 13 From Michigan

September 22, 2021

LANSING - Thirteen public schools in Michigan are being recognized as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools for their exemplary academic successes, according to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

The 13 schools are among 325 recognized nationwide for the prestigious annual honor, bestowed by the U.S. Department of Education (USED), for overall academic performance and progress in closing the achievement gap among student groups.

"We congratulate these schools, their educators and students on their accomplishments," State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice said. "They deserve our praise for their work in a difficult time."

Michigan's 2021 honorees are:



Martin Luther King Elementary School

Ann Arbor Public School District

Avoca Elementary School

Yale Public School District

Conant Elementary School

Bloomfield Hills School District

Dutton Elementary School

Caledonia Community School District

Haigh Elementary School

Dearborn City School District

Henry Ford Early College

Dearborn City School District

Douglas Elementary School

Saugatuck Public Schools

Lakeshore Elementary School

West Ottawa Public Schools

Webber Elementary School

Lake Orion Community School District

Graveraet Elementary School

Marquette Area Public School District

Alaiedon Elementary School

Mason Public School District (Ingham)

Barnard Elementary School

Troy School District

Leonard Elementary School

Troy School District


U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced this year's 325 National Blue Ribbon Schools during his Return to School Road Trip that included Michigan stops attended by Dr. Rice.

"I commend all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs," Secretary Cardona said. "In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children."

USED recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student group scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High-Performing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school's student groups and all students.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. USED invites National Blue Ribbon Schools nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.

In its 39th 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.

USED is honoring this year's Blue Ribbon schools at a recognition ceremony      Nov. 4-5 near Washington, D.C. Each school receives a plaque and flag.

For more information on the National Blue Ribbon School program, visit:

To contact the USED press office, call (202) 401-1576 or email