School Recognition Programs

Recognition programs shine a light on students and educators doing great things in the classroom, as well as innovative and successful schools and programs. The Minnesota Department of Education coordinates the Green Ribbon Schools program, part of the U.S. Department of Education, as well as the Scholars of Distinction program for students.

Watch this page for announcements as we promote the great work being done in Minnesota education!

Reach for the Stars

Programs that have received the Minnesota Academic League Council's endorsement are included in the Reach for the Stars catalogue, which is published as a public service by Synergy & Leadership Exchange. Find this helpful resource, as well as other educational resources, on the Reach for the Stars website. 

Reward Schools

Reward schools are public schools that have demonstrated exemplary academic achievements in state exam proficiency, student growth, graduation rates and closing achievement gaps. Every year, the top 15 percent of schools that receive Title I funding (allocated to schools with high levels of students in poverty) are recognized as Reward schools. This year, 103 schools received the Reward designation. Eighteen of those schools have achieved that designation five times, and 10 schools have achieved that designation for a sixth consecutive time.