Blueprint for Excellence 

School Improvement Solution


Blue Ribbon Schools Conference 2023
Blue Ribbon Schools Conference 2023
Blue Ribbon Schools Conference 2023
Blue Ribbon Schools Conference 2023

Our Knowledge. Your Benefit.


Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence (BRSE) is a non-profit 501©3 organization that has been serving schools across the nation since 2001. We are passionate about education and want schools to be the very best for students! The BRSE one-of-a-kind assessment survey provides actionable insights that can be used as the starting point for school improvement. Our comprehensive approach to helping schools includes professional development and support, best practice sharing, conferences and networking. We do everything possible to create a path forward for all schools and all kids.

**Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc., claims no affiliation, nor endorsement, by the United States Department of Education – Blue Ribbon Schools Program



  • 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
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Non-Invasive Reform

Our approach to school improvement is non-invasive and non-threatening. The BRSE team provides continuous guidance and support to schools as they move through the reform process. The BRSE program is designed to be a collaborative effort toward school improvement, encompassing the entire learning community.

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Personalized Services

The BRSE team is comprised of nationally recognized educators who work to identify a school’s key academic and instructional strengths and weaknesses. This enables the school to create and implement a school-wide action plan for improvement with measurable achievement goals.

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Success for All Students

Our focus is on improving schools and creating an environment where all students can succeed. The BRSE program was designed based on research and the real-world experiences of educators. We provide schools a “Blueprint for Excellence” that guides them to improved performance and academic gains.

our 25th annual conference is coming soon!


December 2-5, 2024 at Walt Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Florida 

Read how our program has impacted their school or district
Cullman County Schools, Alabama

“Our partnership with Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence has proven to be the catalyst that we needed to propel us from a good school system to a GREAT school system. They have worked with us to target areas for improvement and helped us establish strategies for excellence. We have 23 Lighthouse Schools and 2 Beacon Schools working toward Lighthouse status.”

– Shane Barnette, Superintendent, Cullman County Schools

2015 National Principal of the Year

“The 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

2018 National Principal of the Year

“The 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.

Madison County Schools - Huntsville, AL

“The 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, Former Superintendent Madison County Schools Huntsville, AL

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