Blue Ribbon Schools
Since the Blue Ribbon Schools Program was established by the Secretary of Education in 1982, it has developed into a national school improvement strategy with three purposes. First, it identifies and recognizes outstanding public and private schools across the nation. Second, the program makes research-based effectiveness criteria available to all schools so they can assess themselves and plan improvements. Third, the program encourages schools, both within and among themselves, to share information about best practices based on a common understanding of criteria related to educational success.
Blue Ribbon Schools are models of both excellence and equity. To be recognized, a school must demonstrate a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students. The program recognizes schools that have demonstrated sustained success in achieving these values.
The Upper St. Clair School District currently flies twelve United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon "Excellence In Education" flags, one or more awards for every individual USC school building.
Baker Elementary School received its second Blue Ribbon Award in 2015 as one of 335 schools nationally to earn a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2015. This is the second National Blue Ribbon Award received by Baker Elementary School, having earned this distinction in 1998-99.
Fort Couch Middle School received its fourth Blue Ribbon Award in 2013 as one of 286 schools in the Secondary Blue Ribbon Award Program. Their previous three awards were received in 1987, 1993, and 2002. Only seven other schools in the nation have earned four Blue Ribbon Awards.
Eisenhower Elementary School was named as one of 264 exemplary elementary programs with the 2000-2001 Blue Ribbon School Award.
Upper St. Clair High School was recognized three times (1984, 1989, 2000) by the President of the United States as one of 202, 218 and 198 (respectively) secondary schools to be commended as a Blue Ribbon School.
In 1990, Streams Elementary School was selected as one of 221 elementary schools in the United States to receive the Elementary School Recognition Award for "Excellence In Education."
Boyce Middle School was selected in 1992 as one of 228 elementary schools to also receive the Elementary School Recognition Award.