U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“I’m pleased to celebrate with you as Robert Morris Elementary is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees.  “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students’ accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”


The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7-8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:


  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.


Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

“The District learned today that Robert Morris Elementary School is one of 349 schools in the Nation and one of 19 schools in the State of Pennsylvania to be named a National Blue Ribbon School.


The school is named Exemplary for Closing the Achievement Gap, which means it made significant improvements in closing the achievement gap among student subgroups.


This is a major accomplishment and takes team work, engagement and hard work to achieve. Congratulations to Principal, Mr. Michael Coleman, who serve as an outstanding Instructional Leader, the committed and talented teachers who work hard everyday to meet the needs of all students, the dedicated support staff and engaged and interested Robert Morris parents and community.”

Superintendent, Dr. Alexis T. Kirijan


“This achievement would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of all the teachers and staff who work with these children on a daily basis.”

– Principal, Mr. Michael Coleman