Yesterday 5 South Carolina schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. According to the Department of Education, “the recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups on assessments. These schools demonstrate what is possible to make an enduring, positive difference in students’ lives.” A total of 353 schools nationwide received this distinction, this included 313 public schools and 40 private schools. 3 of the 5 North Carolina schools recognized were public schools. The other two were private religious-based schools.

The award-winning schools will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony on November 16 and 17, 2023 in Washington, DC. This is the 40th year the Department of Education has selected the National Blue Ribbon Schools. According to the department, the criteria for public schools are as follows:

Performance Award Criteria for Public Schools:

In order to be eligible for nomination, a school must meet several criteria based on the performance of its students on state assessments in reading (or English language arts) and mathematics or a composite of performance on these assessments with other measures of student performance (e.g., student growth on state assessments, performance on state assessments in other subjects, graduation rates, or other indicators in the state’s accountability system).

You can read more about the eligibility requirements here. Congratulations to each of these five South Carolina Schools that received the National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition. The three public schools are interestingly enough all elementary schools. Furthermore, one of the private schools offers elementary, middle, and high school while the other offers education up to eighth grade. Keep reading to see and learn a little more about each of these schools. Congratulations and thank you to the teachers and staff of these schools for giving your best to the children of South Carolina!

  • Ben Lippen School

    Location: 7401 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC

    District: n/a


    Ben Lippen School is a private Christian school serving Pre-K-High School. They also have a boarding program for international students.


  • Christ Our King-Stella Maris School

    Location: 1183 Russell Drive, Mount Pleasant SC

    District: n/a


    A private Catholic school outside of Charleston, Christ Our King Stella Maris School serves students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. The school “strives to inspire the whole child by promoting an educational philosophy characterized by charity, respect and outreach”

  • Coosa Elementary School

    Location: 45 Middle Road, Beaufort, SC

    District: Beaufort County Schools


    Coosa Elementary is a public elementary school offering education in K-5th grade in Beaufort, SC. The school’s mission is to grow “great leaders who dream more, learn more, achieve more, and become more.”

  • Sterling School

    Location: 99 John McCarroll Way, Greenville, SC

    District: Greenville County Schools


    Sterling School is an elementary school of choice (4K – 5th grade) in Greenville. The school is filled with children from the school’s surrounding neighborhoods who are provided with first choice to attend. Sterling School is also the home of the county-wide gifted center.


  • Wren Elementary School

    Location: 226 Roper Road, Piedmont SC

    District: Anderson School 1


    Wren Elementary School is located in the northern region of Anderson county in the upstate of South Carolina between the cities of Greenville, Easley, and Anderson. It is home to approximately 620 students in K-4 through fifth grade.


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