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Blue Ribbon, School of Excellence - BOLT Alumni Page

Become a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc. (BRSE), has worked over the years to develop and refine a means for a school's own stakeholders to assess the school's performance and design program improvement initiatives focused on the results of that assessment. The BRSE Blueprint for Excellence is designed to be a positive school improvement process that covers nine major categories of critical performance elements found in excellent schools.

The nine major categories of critical performance in excellent schools.

  • Student Focus and Support
  • School Organization and Culture
  • Challenging Standards and Curriculum
  • Active Teaching and Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Professional Community
  • Leadership and Educational Vitality
  • School, Family, and Community Partnerships
  • Indicators of Success

The Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School Award is a recognition program for schools of excellence and is not designed as a typical application process. Schools are identified and selected for this award based on achievement of excellent performance in all nine major categories of the Blueprint for Excellence assessment. Schools achieving excellence in less than nine categories could be eligible for the "Points of Light" Award or recognition as an Aspiring School. Schools will be notified of their status soon after completion of the assessment process and honored in an awards ceremony at the annual Blue Ribbon Schools Blueprint for Excellence Conference in December. These awards are given at the sole discretion of the BRSE.

An assessment does not imply or guarantee award eligibility. In fact, a school often implements improvement strategies to move from Aspiring School, to Points of Light School, Blue Ribbon Beacon School and then to Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School.

Please review the complete process for detailed information.

Submit Letter of Interest

GET STARTED NOW!  NEW PRICING AVAILABLE THROUGH October 15, 2017

Get started on your school's continuous improvement program by completing the Letter of Interest form below.  First, familiarize yourself with the benefits of choosing the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Assessment Process. 

 

 

COSTS FOR FULL ASSESSMENT AND ACTION PLAN

Costs for participation in the full assessment are determined based on the number of students in the school as shown in the chart below.  Prices below are available through October 15, 2017**.  

 
Student PopulationCost of Assessment with Grant Applied

Assessment Team Onsite (Number)*

Under 500 Students    $9850.00  $4,500 2
501-999 Students $11,350.00   $4,500 2
1000-1499 Students $12,850.00   $4,500 2
1500-1999 Students $14,350.00   $4,500 3
2000+ Students To Be Negotiated To Be Determined
International Rate To Be Negotiated To Be Determined

*A Flat Rate of $1500 will be added to cover travel cost (flight, hotel, meals, rental car, airport parking, etc) for each Assessment Team Member.  Or you can choose to receive an actual itemized travel cost breakdown of travel charges in your billing.

*Special District-Wide Pricing is Available.

** Through the continued support of our corporate sponsors and civic partners, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence is able offer a Partnership Grant to offset the cost of a Blue Ribbon full assessment.  Take advantage of this grant NOW as it ends October 15th.


Required Information

If submitted via e-mail, a Letter of Interest must be submitted on your school or district letterhead. If submitted online, please fill out the form below.

The Letter of Interest may be emailed as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc.
136 Lakeside Road
Chapin, South Carolina 29036

Questions?

Call Bart Teal at 803-345-5415 or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call Judy Warden at 770-773-0873 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please note: A school should be in existence for at least two years prior to undertaking the process, should not be undergoing school wide testing at the time of the assessment, and site visits are to be scheduled on normal school days when students are present.

Download the Form

Letter of Interest - Web Form
Please fill out and submit the form below

*A Flat Rate of $1500 will be added to cover travel cost (flight, hotel, meals, rental car, airport parking, etc) for each Assessment Team Member.  Or you can choose to receive an actual itemized travel cost breakdown of travel charges in your billing.

 

*Special District-wide Pricing is Available.


Within a 40 day process, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence can provide a school with data on their strengths and weaknesses in nine critical areas of school performance.
 
This data is based upon feedback from students, parents, teachers,administrators, and support staff. Within that same 40 day process, BRSE can get a school started on the path to improvement by delivering a Blueprint for Excellence Plan that provides strategies for overcoming deficiencies and connects the school with leaders from other schools who have a proven track record in the target school’s area of weakness.
 
Through its ongoing network of regional workshops and and national conferences, BRSE provides a structure for continuous improvement and a means to celebrate and reward success.
 

BRS Assessment & Lighthouse Award Process

Carefully Read and Follow These Instructions

  1. The school submits a letter of interest that provides specific information (see information below).
  2. The school administration completes an online demographic description of the school.
  3. The school completes the online assessment tool. Building level administrators, certified staff members, support staff members, a sample of students, and a sample of parents and community stakeholders participate.
    • The validity and reliability of the process depends on honest responses from the entire school community.
    • The assessment is designed to assure completely confidential data collection. Individual responses are not tracked or reported -- only group responses.
    • The assessment can be completed in as little as one day, depending on the scheduling of your respondents.
  4. Once all the data are compiled, experts at Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc., prepare a final report that cites areas of success and areas in need of improvement, as reported by the school community. The report is reviewed in complete detail with the school and/or district administrators and includes:
    • Demographics Report
    • School Strengths Report
    • No Consensus Report
    • Critical Areas Report
    • Action Plan Report
    • Student Grade Level Report
    • Total Accumulation of Data Report
    • Lighthouse Eligibility Schematic
  5. A site visitor comes to the school to validate the results by reviewing data, meeting with school representatives, and observing classrooms.
  6. An additional site visit may be conducted, if needed, to validate improvement gains suggested by the assessment.
  7. The school may decide to develop an improvement plan with assistance from representatives of Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc.

 

Make sure to provide the following:

  • Description of the School
  • Statement of Need
  • Notate Commitment to Submit 3 Best Practices
  • Preferred Onsite Dates
  • Notate the Understanding of Cost

Our Blueprint for Excellence Team will contact you regarding the status of your grant and final invoice. Be prepared to discuss the next steps to secure the Blueprint for Excellence Assessment.

Step 1: Online Letter of Interest
Step 2: Organize Online Assessment for Educational Community
Step 3: Organize the Two-Day Onsite Validation
Step 4: Exit Summary w/ Coaching & Follow-up

 

 

Submit Letter of Interest

 

 


The Blueprint for Excellence

A Blueprint for Excellence can help your school determine how well it is doing in nine areas of critical performance that research shows leads to educational excellence. This comprehensive school assessment can guide the creation of a school-wide action plan that includes measurable student achievement.

The Blueprint for Excellence is the brainchild of Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc., an organization of seasoned education professionals with many years of experience in identifying schools of excellence. These individuals have dedicated their lives to immersing themselves in the finest quality research on school excellence.

Their understanding of the components that accumulate to form a first-class, high performing school has led them to create a challenging, online self evaluation tool that schools can use to compare their practices to the very best -- to identify their strengths and weaknesses. The process takes stock of the quality of a school's academic programs and assists the school in developing a school-wide action plan to ensure measurable student achievement.

The nine major categories of critical performance in excellent schools.

  • Student Focus and Support
  • School Organization and Culture
  • Challenging Standards and Curriculum
  • Active Teaching and Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Professional Community
  • Leadership and Educational Vitality
  • School, Family, and Community Partnerships
  • Indicators of Success

Schedule Assessment Submit Letter of Interest


About the BRSE Board

Our board of directors is a body of elected and appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of a company or organization.

 

 

 

 

 Members of the BRSE Board

 


Gary L. Burgess, Ed.D.

Education Consultant
Retired Superintendent
Pendleton, SC


Jim F. Chadwell, Ed.D.

Superintendent
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
Fort Worth, TX


Stan DeJarnett

Director, Georgia Visions Project

Madison, GA


Jayne Ellspermann

2016-2017 President National Association of Secondary School Principals
2015 National Principal of the Year
Ocala, FL


Mike Hall

DMHC, LLC - "High School 101"

Macon, GA


Joann T. O'Connell

Principal
Paladin Capital Group
Washington, DC

Rocco Sugameli

Educational Consultant
National Distinguished Principal
Tuscon, AZ


Bart Teal

President/Founder
Blue Ribbon Schools
Chapin, SC

Cynthia Temesi, Ed.D.

Executive Education Advisory, North America at Cisco

San Jose, CA


Judy Warden

CEO/Founder
Blue Ribbon Schools
Atlanta, GA

Contact us

  • Postal Address
    PO Box 322
    Chapin, SC 29036

  • SC Office
    136 Lakeside Road
    Chapin, SC 29036
  • GA Office
    44 Lake Haven Drive
    Cartersville, GA 30120
  • Tel.: 1 (408) 844-4BLU
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