8 Minnesota schools – 6 in Brainerd – honored with national award


Eight Minnesota schools, including six from Brainerd, are being recognized for making progress in closing achievement gaps or for their exemplary academic performance.

The National Blue Ribbon School Award is one of the highest honors handed out by the U.S. Department of Education – 287 public and 50 private schools nationwide received the award Tuesday, according to a news release.

"We’re seeing something unique in this year’s winners – multiple winning schools from a single district in a single year, or in recent years. That tells us these schools have figured out something special and important: how to move the needle not for just the kids in one school, but for kids in schools across the district," Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius said in a news release.

Minnesota's 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools for exemplary high-performing schools:

The award is given to these schools because they're among Minnesota's highest-performing schools based on state assessments or nationally normed tests.

Minnesota's 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools for exemplary achievement gap closing schools:

  • Garfield Elementary, Brainerd Public School District.
  • Harrison Elementary, Brainerd Public School District.
  • Riverside Elementary, Brainerd Public School District.
  • A.C.G.C. Elementary, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District.

These schools are among Minnesota's highest performing schools in closing the achievement gaps between a school's subgroups and all students over the past five years.

Minnesota has been said to have one of the country's widest achievement disparities between students of color and their white classmates – test scores for students of color are up to 30 percent lower than their white peers.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps. In the program's 32-year history, more than 7,500 schools across the country have been presented with the award.

The Department of Education will honor all 337 Blue Ribbon schools at a recognition ceremony in November. Check out this interactive map of all the schools.

Numerous Minnesota schools have received these awards in the past. Last year's winners included Garfield Elementary School, Alexandria School District; Hanover Elementary School, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District; International Spanish Language Academy in Minnetonka; and Winsted Elementary School, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Public Schools.

Click here to see all past winners.

Next Up

Taylor Rogers

Twins Rumors: Taylor Rogers could draw interest despite injury

The left-hander was placed on the injured list on Tuesday.


Severe storm watch: Apple-sized hail, 75 mph winds possible

A watch has been issued by the National Weather Service.

Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 7.28.06 PM

Slain Red Lake officer identified as husband, father-of-four

Police say he was shot while responding to a report of a suicidal male who possibly had children the house.

Go Fund Me - Adam Richard Johnson

Remains in Mississippi mark 4th discovery of man's dismembered body parts

Officials on Tuesday confirmed the remains found July 4 are those of Adam Johnson.

Facebook - GoGo dog stolen vehicle -  St. Paul Police Department

Missing dog GoGo found dead in owner's stolen vehicle 3 days later

The vehicle was reported stolen with GoGo inside on July 18

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

The 14 MN counties with 'substantial or high' COVID-19 transmission

The CDC says everyone in these areas should wear a mask in indoor public places.

Pexels - woman grocery shopping mask covi

CDC: Masks recommended in places with 'substantial or high' transmission

This new guidance applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 1.10.29 PM

WATCH: Vikings Live with Matthew Coller: Welcome to training camp

Vikings Live with Matthew Coller is a new Vikings show that streams Tuesdays.

YouTube - Minnesota DNR - watering tree

Tips for watering trees during severe drought, sprinkler restrictions

How can you keep your valued trees healthy? Just follow these simple steps.

police tape, crime scene

Minnesota saw record number of murders in 2020, BCA says

The BCA released its annual Uniform Crime Report on Tuesday.

Flickr - Red Lake Nation sign - Ken Lund

Red Lake police officer fatally shot on Tuesday

The officer was reportedly shot near Redby.


school, classroom, students

8 Minnesota schools honored with national Blue Ribbon

Four Twin Cities schools and four in Greater Minnesota received the honor from the U.S. Department of Education.