26 Texas Schools Nominated for 2020 National Blue Ribbon Honors


AUSTIN, Tex. – February 10, 2020 - The Texas Education Agency announced today the nomination of 26 Texas public schools as 2020 National Blue Ribbon School designees.

Initiated by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that have high student achievement and/or highlights where exemplary progress has been made in closing achievement gaps among student subpopulations. Since the program’s founding, 7,000 schools across the nation have received this prestigious designation.

In the Lone Star State, public schools are considered for nomination based on student performance on the first administration of the previous year’s STAAR assessments. Each nominated school has an economically disadvantaged population of 25 percent or more.

The nominated schools in Texas for 2020 include the following:

Exemplary High-Performing Schools

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD  Early College High School
Corpus Christi ISD Windsor Park G/T Elementary
Corpus Christi ISD Early Childhood Development Center
Dallas ISD Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy
Dallas ISD  Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School
Eagle Pass ISD Maude Mae Kirchner Elementary
El Paso ISD Transmountain Early College High School
Fort Worth ISD Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences
Houston ISD High School for Law and Justice
Houston ISD Young Women's College Preparatory Academy
Laredo CISD Heights Elementary
Nederland ISD Langham Elementary
Windthorst ISD Windthorst Elementary

Exemplary Achievement-Gap-Closing Schools

Alvarado ISD  Alvarado El-South
Austin ISD Reilly Elementary School
Dallas ISD Edward Titche Elementary School
El Paso ISD Milam Elementary School
Grand Prairie ISD Hobbs Williams Elementary
Houston ISD Memorial Elementary
Lancaster ISD West Main Elementary School
Laredo ISD John Z. Leyendecker Elementary School
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Kelly-Pharr Elementary
Redwater ISD Redwater Junior High School
Spring ISD Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School
Texas College Preparatory Academies  Vista Academy of Austin-Mueller
Ysleta ISD Desertaire Elementary School

The nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process conducted by the USDE. National award winners will be announced in September, 2020. Schools that receive the designation are recognized at the Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.