Gold Star and Blue Ribbon Schools

These state and national programs recognize high-achieving and improving schools. At the state level, the Gold Star Schools Program is the recognition program administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The rigorous criteria of the Gold Star Schools program is aligned with the national Blue Ribbon Schools program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

Please play close attention to how many of our schools are on this list.  Also, look at the dates. Blue Springs had several elementary schools on this list.  We had none.  This list goes back to 1992.  Can we continue to say that we are the best?

Missouri’s Gold Star Schools program was established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1991 and is designed to identify schools that are performing at a high level academically or making exceptional progress.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools program and the Missouri Gold Star Schools program utilize the same criteria for nomination. In order to recommend a school to the Commissioner of Education as a Missouri Gold Star School, the school must meet the nomination criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Education for the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, complete the National Blue Ribbon Schools application and the U.S. Department of Education must accept the schools National Blue Ribbon Schools application.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels or schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. 

Missouri may nominate up to eight (8) schools for the national Blue Ribbon Award. One-third of the schools (3) must be identified as disadvantaged schools. To be nominated, schools must have at least 100 students enrolled. In addition, nominated schools must have assessment data for at least 10 students in each tested grade for both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

Gold Star Schools 

1992 - 2013


Lee's Summit North High School    Lee's Summit R-VII        2002 
Lee's Summit Sr. High School        Lee's Summit R-VII        2008, 93 

Lee's Summit West High School    Lee's Summit R-VII        2013

Blue Springs High School                Blue Springs R-IV          2008 
Brittany Hill Middle School               Blue Springs R-IV          2004, 00
Chapel Lakes Elementary School   Blue Springs R-IV         1999 
Georgeff-Baker Middle School        Blue Springs R-IV         1998

Hall-McCarter Middle School          Blue Springs R-IV          1997 
Lucy Franklin Elementary School    Blue Springs R-IV         1996

Moreland Ridge Middle School      Blue Springs R-IV          2002 

THE NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS PROGRAM
RECOGNIZING GREAT AMERICAN SCHOOLS SINCE 1982

Founded in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag overhead has become a mark of excellence in education recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. Since the program's founding, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on more than 7,000 of America's schools.

National Blue Ribbon Award Winners 
Missouri

Chapel Lakes Elementary School      Lee’s Summit        98-99 
Lee's Summit West High School        Lee's Summit        2013 
Blue Springs High School                  Blue Springs          82-83 
Blue Springs Junior High School        Blue Springs          86-87
Brittany Hill Middle School               Blue Springs          2004
Lucy Franklin Elementary School      Blue Springs          96-97
Moreland Ridge Middle School         Blue Springs         01-02





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