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Eight schools in Missouri have been invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools where students are achieving at high levels or where significant progress is being made in closing achievement gaps, especially for disadvantaged and minority students.

Three of the eight nominated in Missouri are in the St. Louis metro area.

  • Bolivar High School, Bolivar R-1 School District
  • Brentwood High School, Brentwood School District
  • Lee’s Summit West High School, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District
  • Nixa High School, Nixa R-2 School District
  • Sappington Elementary School, Lindbergh Schools
  • Spokane High School, Spokane R-7 School District
  • Willow Springs High School, Willow Springs R-4 School District
  • W.W. Keysor Elementary School, Kirkwood R-7 School District

Based on the state’s public school enrollment, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was allowed to nominate the eight listed schools for the awards. According to DESE, in addition to a nearly year-long application and review process, schools nominated for the recognition must meet specific levels of achievement, called annual measurable objectives, during the state’s spring assessment testing. The Blue Ribbon Schools will be announced in September.

This program has recognized more than 7,000 of America’s most successful public and private elementary, middle and high schools since 1982. In 2012, two area high schools- whose districts are members of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, like the ones highlighted above- were recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education: Lindbergh High School and Valley Park High School. St. Gerard Majella Catholic School in Kirkwood (part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis) also received the recognition for an elementary school last year.