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Six Tennessee schools named National Blue Ribbon winners

Blue Ribbon Schools

Six Tennessee schools have been named 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.  

Only 353 schools across the nation were recognized for this honor, which is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups on assessments.  

Winners in Tennessee included Brentwood’s Brentwood Middle School, Clarksville’s Middle College at Austin Peay State University, Collierville’s Crosswind Elementary School, Johnson City’s Fairmont Elementary School, Oak Ridge’s Linden Elementary School, and Signal Mountain’s Nolan Elementary School.  

“The honorees for our 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award have set a national example for what it means to Raise the Bar in education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “The leaders, educators, and staff at our National Blue Ribbon Schools continually inspire me with their dedication to fostering academic excellence and building positive school cultures that support students of all backgrounds to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. As the Biden-Harris Administration partners with states and schools to accelerate academic success and transform educational opportunity in this country, we take tremendous pride in the achievements of these schools and their commitment to empowering educators, serving students, and engaging families.”   

With its 40th cohort, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,700 schools. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms and validates the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for – and attaining – exemplary achievement. National Blue Ribbon Schools represent the full diversity of American schools and serve students of every background.   

Learn more about the 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools at