U.S. Department of Education Announces 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized 297 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Secretary Cardona made the announcement during his Road to Success Back to School bus tour.

“I applaud all the honorees for the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for creating vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school communities where students can learn, grow, reach their potential, and achieve their dreams,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “As our country continues to recover from the pandemic, we know that our future will only be as strong as the education we provide to all of our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have gone above and beyond to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. These schools show what is possible to make an enduring, positive difference in students’ lives.”

With its 39th cohort, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 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 serve as models of effective school practices for state and district educators and other schools throughout the nation. A National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing a school’s entryway or on a flagpole is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. 

The Department recognizes all schools 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.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites nominations for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at https://www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/.


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Bynum School was established in 1880. It became an independent school district in 1905. Between 1905 and 1914, five surrounding schools were annexed. Five additional schools consolidated with the district between 1931 and 1958 with Brandon and Irene schools being the last.

The campus is located approximately eight miles east of Hillsboro and Interstate 35. The District is a single campus facility located on Hwy 171 in Bynum. The main building was built in 1942 by the WPA. In 1999, a Cafetorium and elementary building were added. These were followed by a vocational building, agricultural barn, science building and library with gymnasium renovations completed in 2003. The school has grown in enrollment from a population of 130 in 1992 to its present enrollment. The district draws students from within its 84 square mile boundary and from several surrounding school districts. 

Students participate in 6-man football, volleyball, basketball, track, golf, One Act Play, FFA, cross country, and UIL Academics. Active parent groups, the ex-student association and the community are supportive and involved in district activities.


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