Twenty Public Charter Schools Among U.S. Department of Education 2018 Blue Ribbon School Winners

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Of the 300 public schools honored as 2018 Blue School Ribbon award winners, 20 of them are public charter schools.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 349 schools recognized as 2018 National Blue Ribbon School winners. Of the 300 public school winners, 20 of them are public charter schools. Blue Ribbon school awards are given based on two qualifications—a school’s progress in closing the achievement gap among student groups and exceptional overall academic performance.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement:

“The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools congratulates the 20 charter schools receiving 2018 Blue Ribbon School awards! We are thrilled to see the charter school sector’s strong representation in this year’s cohort and applaud each school’s commitment to the Blue Ribbon award’s nationally recognized standard of excellence.”

Blue Ribbon Schools are honored as either “Exemplary High Performing Schools” or “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools.” The award recipients are selected based on student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates. There were 420 schools nominated by top education officials from across the U.S. this year.

The following charter schools were recognized as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools:

Arizona: Vista College Preparatory, Phoenix

District of Columbia: KIPP DC Promise Academy Public Charter School


  • Archimedean Upper Conservatory, Miami
  • Pensacola Beach Elementary School, Inc, Pensacola Beach
  • Somerset Academy Elementary (Miramar Campus), Miramar

Indiana: Paramount School of Excellence, Indianapolis

Louisiana: Lusher Charter School, New Orleans


  • Achieve Charter Academy, Canton
  • Canton Charter Academy, Canton

New Mexico:

  • Anansi Charter School, El Prado
  • East Mountain High School, Sandia Park

New York:

  • Success Academy Bed‐Stuy 1, Brooklyn
  • Success Academy Harlem 2, New York

North Carolina: Socrates Academy, Matthews

Pennsylvania: Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Bethlehem

South Carolina: York Preparatory Academy, Rock Hill


  • Arrow Academy Liberation Charter School, Meadows Place
  • Golden Rule Sunnyside Campus, Cockrell Hill
  • IDEA Mission Academy, Mission

Wyoming: Snowy Range Academy, Laramie