Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence quite simply provides the most effective and comprehensive tool for school improvement. And in doing so, empowers and guides each school community to create its own blueprint for continuously reaching new goals.

The Blue Ribbon process has had an enormously positive impact not only on our school but also on our entire district. It has also been a continuous inspiration to me as an educator and has allowed me to participate in a collaborative network of excellent educators from all over the country.

The Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence improvement standards represent a comprehensive foundation for school improvement and focus clearly on doing what’s best for children. The Blue Ribbon process has been instrumental in transforming so many schools and in providing new opportunities for countless students.

Craig Martin, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching at Reading Public Schools - Reading, MA

Going through the Blue Ribbon process gave us an avenue to view our practices and have them authenticated by team of guide leaders.

The feedback we got was from a multiple lens point of view - from parents to students to teachers and the BRSE organization. We were given valuable and viable steps to continuously improve in our field."

Michele McClung, Principal - Dawes Intermediate School - Mobile, Alabama



“We went through the Blue Ribbon assessment process in spring 2016. Having a positive school culture and high academic achievement, we felt that our school was in great shape. Based on the Blue Ribbon process, we were able to go from good to great. Through this process, we have implemented many student clubs and organizations, we’ve expanded our fine arts program, and added many more plays and productions to our school. We’ve also started a student ambassador program and a student advisory panel. Through this process we have realized that students have the most important voice in our school.”

Susan Stancil, Principal - Malcom Bridge Elementary -Bogart, Georgia

The Blue Ribbon Schools Blueprint for Excellence school assessment is the best tool that I have seen in identifying needs, and planning and implementing a comprehensive school improvement process. It is a collaborative process which involves all stakeholders in the school community as they seek to provide an outstanding educational experience for their students no matter where the starting point. The Blue Ribbon staff builds relationships with their clients and provides honest, open feedback and solutions geared towards the needs of each school. Do not miss out on this great opportunity!

Rocco Sugameli, National Distinguished Principal - Arizona

I’d like to address the naysayers.  When we first started the process, I wasn’t all that sure about having outside evaluators come to our wonderful school… but we found that the process of putting all the pieces together made such a difference. Then, to have the outside evaluators come in, look at our processes, and make suggestions will help us move forward and will make us a better and greater school.  I appreciate all that Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence has done for us.


 Michele Wallace, Principal - Challenger Elementary School - Huntsville, Alabama


jayne-ellspermanThe Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence process gives schools the opportunity to look at their school through the perspective of students, parents, teachers, support staff and administration in order to create a plan to achieve excellence in school culture and student achievement. The process provides schools with a blueprint to work toward school improvement and recognizes schools for their achievement.



Jayne Ellspermann School Leadership Development Consultant 2015 National Principal of the Year


MattThe BRSE has been an outstanding partner with our school system. The opportunity for us to have a thorough evaluation, be provided a road-map for improvements, and create additional colleagues to network with has been a valuable part of many of our schools’ successes. I highly recommend that every Superintendent take a look at the BRSE process for their schools.



Matt Massey Superintendent Madison County Schools Huntsville, AL


MattThe BRSE Assessment served as the perfect blueprint for continuous improvement. I was impressed with the depth of information the assessment team was able to obtain in their time with the school. This information was an integral part of the school improvement process.



Dr. Akil Ross, 2018 National Principal of the Year.

Director of Secondary Education, School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties

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