Recognizing 2021 Hispanic National Blue Ribbon Schools

Since 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized public and private schools based on their overall academic excellence or progress in closing the achievement gap among student subgroups. Each year the U.S. Department of Education celebrates the achievements of these great American schools. Throughout its 38-year history, the program has recognized over 9,000 schools and this year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognized 325 schools nationwide. Of the 325 schools, 38 honorees are schools serving a Hispanic student population ranging from 40 to 100 percent, located in 11 states.

Hispanics make up 27.2 percent of all K-12 public school students. These National Blue Ribbon Schools are leading the way in preparing Hispanic students for academic success. The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (Initiative) celebrates each one for this national recognition. The Initiative congratulates the administration, staff, teachers, families, and communities that collaborate to ensure Hispanic students are succeeding. These schools are models for other schools with a high or growing Hispanic population on achieving excellence in academic achievement and closing academic gaps. The variety of programming within these schools demonstrates that when students are placed in the education setting that best fits them, excellence follows. The Initiative looks forward to further highlighting these schools and sharing their success.

The 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools with a high Hispanic student population are:

School City State
Desert View Academy Yuma AZ
Franklin East Elementary School Mesa AZ
Mesquite Elementary School Tucson AZ
University High School Tolleson AZ
Dr. T. J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy Gilroy CA
Red Hawk Elementary School Temecula CA
North Valley Middle School La Salle CO
AcadeMir Charter School Middle Miami FL
Center for International Education a Cambridge Associate School Homestead FL
Somerset Academy Silver Palms Homestead FL
Hills Elementary School Hills IA
Disney II Magnet High School Chicago IL
Prosser Career Academy High School Chicago IL
Sampson Early College High School Clinton NC
John F Kennedy Elementary School Jamesburg NJ
Coronado Elementary School Hobbs NM
Mesquite Elementary School Mesquite NM
PS 249 Caton (The) Brooklyn NY
Achieve Early College High School McAllen TX
A. P. Beutel Elementary School Lake Jackson TX
Calder Road Elementary School Dickinson TX
Clendenin Elementary School El Paso TX
Gallegos Elementary School Brownsville TX
Hawkins Elementary School El Paso TX
Hidalgo Elementary School Hildalgo TX
Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy Dallas TX
Lamar Elementary School El Paso TX
Mittie A Pullam Elementary School Brownsville TX
North Houston Early College High School Houston TX
Porter Elementary School Mesquite TX
Ramona Elementary School El Paso TX
South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy San Benito TX
South Texas Preparatory Academy Edinburg TX
Spearman Junior High School Spearman TX
Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School At Mountain View Dallas TX
Vista Hills Elementary School El Paso TX
Young Women’s Leadership Academy San Antonio TX
Zeferino Farias Elementary School Alamo TX

In addition, the Department annually recognizes outstanding school leaders from National Blue Ribbon Schools through the Terrel H. Bell Award. This award recognizes principals for their vision and collaborative leadership style that have transformed their schools. This year, the Department recognized eight remarkable principals. Four of the principals are from National Blue Ribbon Schools with a high Hispanic student population.

The Initiative congratulates the school leaders, principals, support staff, and teachers for their achievements as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools honorees.