National Blue Ribbon Schools


The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve at very high levels and/or where the achievement gap in narrowing. The Program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds.

Blue Ribbon Schools honor public and private schools based on one of two criteria:

  1. Exemplary High Performing - Schools whose students, regardless of backgrounds are high performing.  These are schools ranked among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics or that score at the highest performance level on tests reference by the national norms in at least the most recent year tested

  2. Exemplary Improving Schools - Schools with at least 40% of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have reduced the achievement gap by making the most progress in improving student performance in reading (English language arts) and mathematics or state assessments or tests referenced by national normed tests in at least the most recent year tested.  

The following Arkansas schools have been recognized and honored:



P.O. Box 
Bergman, AR 72615-9998
1400 SW Liberty Avenue
Bentonville, AR 72712-7851
1601 South Donaghey St. 
Conway, AR 72034-8634
223 South 14th St. 
Fort Smith, AR 72901-3806


1600 North Tyler Street
Little Rock, AR 72201-1306
19010 Hwy 10
Little Rock, AR 72223-4420
2926 South First Street
Rogers, AR 72758-0000



5400 South Bellview Road

Rogers, AR 72758-8871

1124 South Tamarind Street

Harrison, AR 72601-6098
4255 College Avenue

Conway, AR 72034-7276

1011 West Barton

West Memphis, AR 72301-2806



4150 Arnold Drive

Jacksonville, AR 72076-1101
P.O. Box 220

Calico Rock, AR 72519-0220
P.O. Box 149

Kingston, AR 72742-0149
313 Highway 62E
Suite 4

Salem, AR 72576-9852



# 1 Bluebird Lane

Mount Pleasant, AR 72561-0144
617 Main Street

Hot Springs, AR 71913
2975 East Township Street

Fayetteville, AR 72703-4340



One Bulldog Blvd.
Batesville, AR 47006
415 Ohio Street
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
142 Hollywood Blvd.
Sherwood, AR 72120



1801 SE J Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
200 Artesian St
Texarkana, AR 71854



For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jonathan Knight, Public School Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201 
Phone: 501-682-5615
Fax: 501-682-5136

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