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Blue Ribbon, School of Excellence - BOLT Alumni Page

2016 Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse Schools

  1. Virgil I Grissom High School, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  2. Huntsville High School, AL Awards Banquet Trailer  Best Practices Huntsville HS 2016
  3. Greenfield Elementary School, TX Awards Banquet Trailer
  4. Eichold-Mertz Magnet School of Math, Science, & Technology, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  5. Dawes Intermediate School, AL Awards Banquet Trailer     Best Practices Dawes Intermediate 2016
  6. Mt. Carmel Elementary School, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  7. Malcom Bridge Elementary School, GA Awards Banquet Trailer
  8. High Shoals Elementary School, GA Awards Banquet Trailer
  9. Weatherly Heights Elementary School, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  10. Jeff Davis Middle School, GA Awards Banquet Trailer    Best Practices Jeff Davis Middle 2016
  11. Academy for Academics and Arts, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  12. Challenger Elementary School, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  13. Wren High School, SC Awards Banquet Trailer

2016 Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Beacon Schools

  1. North Hart Elementary School, GA
  2. Athens Elementary School, AL
  3. Robert Anderson Middle School, SC

2016 Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Points of Light Schools

  1. Lakewood Elementary School, AL
  2. Challenger Middle School, AL
  3. Double Springs Elementary School, AL
  4. Endeavor Elementary School, AL
  5. Alba Middle School, AL
  6. Orchard Elementary School, AL
  7. Mountain Gap Elementary School, AL
  8. Riverton Intermediate School, AL
  9. Highlands Elementary School, AL

2015 Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse Schools

  1. Curry Middle School, AL
  2. Manomet Elementary School, MA
  3. Monte Sano Elementary School, AL
  4. Riverton Elementary School, AL
  5. Spearman Elementary School, SC
  6. West Elementary School, MA

2015 Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse Schools, Two time WINNERS

  • Avondale Elementary School, AR
  • Owens Cross Roads Elementary School, AL

2015 Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Beacon Schools

  1. Morris Elementary School, AL
  2. Weatherly Elementary School, AL

2014 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Schools City State Awards Banquet Trailer

  1. Goldsmith - Schiffman Elementary School Big Cove AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  2. Huntsville Middle School Huntsville AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  3. Legacy Elementary School Madison AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  4. Jones Valley Elementary School Huntsville AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  5. Monrovia Elementary School Huntsville AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  6. Koa Elementary Shool Kissimmee FL Awards Banquet Trailer

2014 Blue Ribbon Beacon Schools

  1. Monte Sano Elementary School Huntsville AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  2. Manomet Elementary School Plymouth MA Awards Banquet Trailer

2014 Points of Light Schools

  1. Whitesburg P-8 School Huntsville AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  2. Riverton Elementary School Huntsville AL Awards Banquet Trailer

2013 BLUE RIBBON LIGHTHOUSE SCHOOL AWARD WINNERS

  1. St. Ann's Catholic School, Nashville, TN Awards Banquet Trailer
  2. Spartanburg Preparatory School, Spartanburg, SC Awards Banquet Trailer
  3. Hartsell High School, Hartselle, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  4. St. Andrew's Catholic School, New Orleans, LA Awards Banquet Trailer
  5. Hampton Cove Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  6. Madison Cross Roads School, Huntsville, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  7. Blossomwood Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  8. Hampton Cove Middle School, Huntsville, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  9. MacArthur High School, Irving, TX
  10. Stipes Elementary School, Irving, TX
  11. Jewish Day School, Allentown, PA Awards Banquet Trailer

2013 Blue Ribbon Beacon School Award Winners

  1. Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary School - Hunstville, AL Awards Banquet Trailer
  2. Hayneville Middle School - Hayneville, AL

2013 Points of Light School Award Winners

  1. Koa Elementary School, Osceola, FL
  2. John R. Good Elementary School, Irving, TX Awards Banquet Trailer
  3. Greenfield Elementary School, Saginaw, TX
  4. Crockett Middle School, Irving,TX

In 2010, the Blueprint for Excellence School Improvement Model was selected to be a local educational partner of Information Transport Solutions, Inc., (ITS) to provide a pre and post assessment of ITS’ Project C.A.R.E. Educational Solutions. The Blueprint would gather input from a school’s educational community to identify gains and opportunity areas from Year 1 (2010) of the iCare Solution to Year 3 (2013) in all Nine Critical Performance Areas.

ITS collaborated with four Alabama school districts to transform student achievement by implementing Project C.A.R.E. The project focused on three components: standards based instruction, data analysis and technology integration.

ITS' Wetumpka Pilot - Points of Light School

  1. Wetumpka Elementary School
  2. Wetumpka Middle School
  3. Wetumpka High School

ITS' SIG - Points of Light School

  1. John Essex High School, AL
  2. Lowndes Middle School, AL
  3. The Calhoun School, AL

ITS' SIG - Blue Ribbon Beacon School

  1. Hayneville Middle School, AL

2012 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School Award Winners

  1. Pioneer Trail Middle School - Olathe, KS
  2. New Market School - New Market, AL (Awards Banquet Trailer)
  3. Walnut Grove Elementary School - New Market, AL
  4. Crestline Elementary School - Hartselle, AL
  5. Central School - Huntsville, AL
  6. Lake Norman High School - Mooresville, NC
  7. Memorial Elementary School - East Brunswick, NJ
  8. Sparkman Middle School - Toney, AL - Awards Banquet Trailer | School Promotional Video
  9. Memorial Elementary School - East Brunswick, NJ
  10. Jackson-Steele Elementary School - Hayneville, AL
  11. Celebration K-8 School - Celebration, FL - School Promotional Video

2012 Blue Ribbon Beacon School Award Winner

  1. Jewish Day School- Allentown, PA

2012 Points of Light School Award Winner

  1. Curry Middle School - Jasper, AL
  2. Madison Cross Roads School - Toney, AL
  3. Central Middle School - Rockford, AL

2012 Aspiring School Award Winners

  1. Hemingway Elementary School - Hemingway, SC

2011 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School Award Winners

  1. Greeneville Middle School - Greeneville, TN - Renewal Originally Named in 2004
  2. Prince of Peace Catholic School - Hoover, AL
  3. Park School Campus - Round Lake, IL
  4. Central Elementary School - East Brunswick, NJ
  5. Buckhorn High School - New Market, AL
  6. F. E. Burleson Elementary School - Hartselle, AL
  7. Birch Meadow Elementary School - Reading, MA
  8. Penn-Bernville Elementary School - Bernville, PA
  9. Tusculum View Elementary School - Greeneville, TN - Renewal Originally Named in 2005
  10. Camden Elementary School - Camden, SC
  11. Marine Academy of Science and Technology - Highland, NJ

2011 Blue Ribbon Beacon School Award Winners

  1. Springfield Middle School - Springfield, TN

2011 Points of Light School Award Winner

  1. Celebration K-8 School - Kissimmee, FL
  2. Sparkman Middle School - Toney, AL

2011 Aspiring School Award Winners

  1. J. C. Solomonese Elementary School - Norton, MA
  2. Katherine B. White Elementary and Middle School- Detroit, MI
  3. Hemingway Elementary School - Hemingway, SC
  4. Jewish Day School - Allentown, PA

December 2010 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School Award Winners

  1. Auburn Junior High School - Auburn, AL
  2. Avondale Elementary School - West Memphis, AR
  3. Barkley Bridge Elementary School - Hartselle, AL
  4. Belfry Middle School - Belfry, KY
  5. Irmo Elementary School - Irmo, SC
  6. Owens Cross Roads School - Owens Cross Roads, AL
  7. Robert Frost Elementary School - East Brunswick, NJ
  8. Stanley Hupfeld Academy @ Western Village - Oklahoma City, OK
  9. Summit Elementary School - Ashland, KY

December 2010 Points of Light School Award Winners

  1. Birch Meadow Elementary School - Reading, MA
  2. Buckhorn High School - New Market, AL
  3. Jackson-Steele Elementary School - Hayneville, AL
  4. Marine Academy of Science and Technology - Highlands, NJ
  5. Park School Campus - Round Lake, IL
  6. Penn-Bernville Elementary School - Bernville, PA
  7. Springfield Middle School - Springfield, TN

December 2009 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School Award Winners

  1. Montgomery Elementary School - Montgomery, TX

  2. St. Michael School - Louisville, KY

  3. Wood End Elementary School - Reading, MA
  4. Woodview School - Grayslake, IL

December 2009 Blue Ribbon Points of Light School Award Winners

  1. Avondale Elementary School - West Memphis, AK
  2. Camden Elementary School of Creative Arts - Camden, SC

December 2008 Blue Ribbon Schools Lighthouse Award Winners

  1. Alice M. Barrows Elementary School - Reading, MA
  2. Arbor Creek Elementary School - Olathe, KS
  3. Bahcesehir College - Istanbul, Turkey
  4. Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School - Cuyahoga Heights, OH
  5. Cuyahoga Heights Middle School - Cuyahoga Heights, OH

  6. Cuyahoga Heights High School - Cuyahoga Heights, OH

  7. Don T. Durham Elementary School - Southlake, TX

  8. East Elementary School - Cullman, AL

  9. Heritage Elementary School - Grapevine, TX

  10. Howell Graves Preschool - Muscle Shoals, AL

  11. Lugoff Elementary School - Lugoff, SC

  12. Meadowview Elementary School - Grayslake, IL

  13. Muscle Shoals High School - Muscle Shoals, AL
  14. Richmond School - Sussex, WI

  15. Spain Park High School - Hoover, AL
  16. White Knoll High School - Lexington, SC

December 2007 Blue Ribbon Schools Lighthouse Award Winners

  1. Doby's Mill Elementary School- Lugoff, SC
  2. Epiphany Cathedral School - Venice, FL
  3. Hanahan Elementary School - Hanahan, SC
  4. Hanahan Middle School - Hanahan, SC
  5. Joshua Eaton Elementary School - Reading, MA
  6. Newington Elementary School - Summerville, SC
  7. North Crowley Ninth Grade - Forth Worth, TX
  8. Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five Technology Center - Orangeburg, SC
  9. Prairieview Elementary School - Hainesville, IL
  10. R.H. Rollings Middle School of the Arts - Summerville, SC
  11. Townville Elementary School - Townville, SC
  12. Walter S. Parker Middle School - Reading, MA

December 2006 Blue Ribbon Schools Lighthouse Award Winners

  1. Applied Technology Education Campus - Camden, SC
  2. B.J. Skelton Career Center - Easley, SC
  3. Bascomb Elementary School - Woodstock, GA
  4. Coopertown Middle School - Springfield, TN
  5. Cottonwood Elementary School - Coalgate, OK
  6. Delran High School - Delran, NJ
  7. F. E. DuBose Career Center - Manning, SC
  8. G. Frank Russell Career Center - Greenwood, SC
  9. J. Harley Bonds Career Center - Greer, SC
  10. J.W. Killam Elementary School - Reading, MA
  11. Lake Murray Elementary School - Chapin, SC
  12. Lexington Technology Center - Lexington, SC
  13. Millbridge Elementary School - Delran, NJ
  14. Riverside Middle School - Pendleton, SC
  15. Ridgecrest Elementary School - Houston, TX
  16. Samuel Beck Elementary School - Trophy Club, TX

December 2005 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Award Winners

  1. Academy for Arts, Science, and Technology - Myrtle Beach, SC
  2. Archbishop Hoban High School - Akron, OH
  3. Assumption High School - Louisville, KY
  4. Auburn Elementary Education Center - Auburn, AL
  5. Carmel High School - Carmel, IN
  6. Centennial Arts Academy - Gainesville, GA
  7. Centerville Elementary School - Anderson, SC
  8. ChARTer Tech High School/Peforming Arts - Somers Point, NJ
  9. East Hancock Elementary School - Klin, MS
  10. Eaton Elementary School - Lenoir City, TN
  11. Essex Middle School - Essex Junction, VT
  12. Forestbrook Elementary School - Myrtle Beach, SC
  13. George Washington Elementary School - Kingsport, TN
  14. Gladden Middle School - Chatsworth, GA
  15. Hamilton High School - Chandler, AZ
  16. Irmo High School - Irmo, SC
  17. Lee Academy of World Studies - Tampa, FL
  18. Lincoln Avenue Academy - Lakeland, FL
  19. Marine Academy of Science and Technology - Sandy Hook, NJ
  20. McConnell Middle School - Loganville, GA
  21. Newton County Elementary School - Newton, MS
  22. Pendleton Elementary School - Pendleton, SC
  23. Phelps Elementary School - Phelps, KY
  24. Reagan Magnet Elementary School - Odessa, TX
  25. Roye-Williams Elementary School - Havre de Grace, MD
  26. Spartanburg High School - Spartanburg, SC
  27. St. Raphael School - Louisville, KY
  28. Tusculum View Elementary School - Greeneville, TN
  29. Upson-Lee Middle School - Thomaston, GA
  30. West Hawaii Explorations Academy - Kailaua-Kona, HI

December 2004 Blue Ribbon Schools Lighthouse Award Winners

  1. Abraham Lincol High School - San Jose, CA
  2. Arthur W. Coolidge Middle School - Reading, MA
  3. Beachwood Middle School - Beachwood, OH
  4. Bishop Dunne Catholic School - Dallas, TX
  5. Cornerstone Elementary - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  6. Edith Scheuerman Elementary School - Garden City, KS
  7. Greeneville Middle School - Greeneville, TN
  8. Irmo Elementary School - Irmo, SC
  9. Kendale Elementary School - Miami, FL
  10. MacArthur High School - Irving, TX
  11. New Albany High School - New Albany, OH
  12. Prairie Vale Elementary School - Edmond, OK
  13. Sherman Oaks Community Charter School - San Jose, CA
  14. Summit Elementary School - Ashland, KY
  15. Talbot Hill Elementary School - Renton, WA
  16. Townsend Harris High School - Flushing, NY
  17. Walnut Hill Elementary School - Dallas, TX

December 2003 Blue Ribbon Schools Lighthouse Award Winners

  1. Gretchen Whitney High School - Cerritos, CA
  2. Houston County High School - Warner Robins, GA
  3. Northwest High School - Fort Worth, TX

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

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