Blue Ribbon

A voluntary program to recognize excellent physical education and health programs.

All Illinois public, parochial and alternative schools.
Physical Education : Grades K-12
Health :Grades 5-8, 9-12


  1. Do self evaluation using grade level Criteria. Download criteria here (IAHPERD Evaluative Criteria reflecting state and national professional standards and those of the Illinois State Board of Education.)

    Why use the Criteria:

    • The Criteria are to help teachers and/or administrators develop quality physical education and health programs.
    • They have been designed for self study and self evaluation. Each grade level booklet provides a check list and includes a rating form.
    • The Criteria Serves as a basis for recognizing excellent programs in all Illinois schools at all grade levels.

    Physical Education Requirements

    • Your program must have daily physical education.
    • All students enroll in physical education classes for the school year
      (exlcudes medical excuses, health education and driver education).
    • Student fitness scores are NOT used as part of the student growth component required by PERA or used in teacher evaluations.
  2. Complete the online application (apply here)
  1. Submit a check for $150.00 (to cover expenses of the program) made out to IAHPERD and letter of support by school's executive officer.

Recognition:  If awarded, the Blue Ribbon school will receive:

  • Blue Ribbon status valid for 5 years
  • Blue Ribbon Plaque
  • Certificate presented at school function
  • Banner presented at IAHPERD awards banquet
  • Program showcased in Illinois Journal
  • Invitation to present at IAHPERD convention


Questions or comments? 

Blue Ribbon Application

Start your application for Blue Ribbon status. It will stay open until you hit the final submit in the application.


Program Winners

  • Physical Education

    Attea Middle School - Glenview
    Arbury Hills Elemendary- Mokena
    Avery Coonley Lower Elementary- Downers Grove
    Chute Middle School - Evanston
    Clarence E. Culver School - Niles
    Collinsville Middle School - Collinsville
    Cortland Elementary - Cortland
    Country Meadows Elem. - Long Grove
    Culver Elementary - Niles
    Daniel Wright Junior High - Lincolnshire
    Dundee Middle School - Dundee
    Elm School - Burr Ridge
    Emerson Middle School - Niles
    Gemini Junior High - Niles
    Geneva Middle School, Geneva
    Golf Middle School, Morton Grove
    Gower Middle School, Burr Ridge
    Gower West Elementary - Willowbrook
    Grand Prairie Elementary - Frankfort
    Greenbriar Elementary - Northbrook
    Hadley Junior High - Glen Ellyn
    Hammerschmidt Elementary - Lombard
    Haven Middle School - Evanston
    Hoffman Elementary - Glenview
    Ivy Hall Elementary - Buffalo Grove
    Julian Middle School - Oak Park
    Kildeer Countryside Elem. - Long Grove
    Lake Park High School - Roselle
    Lakeview Jr. High School-Downers Grove
    Laura B. Sprague Elem. - Lincolnshire
    Liberty Intermediate School, Bourbonnais
    Lincoln Middle School - Park Ridge
    Madison Elementary - Hinsdale
    Maine East High School - Park Ridge
    Maine South High School - Park Ridge
    Maine West High School - DesPlaines
    Malta Elementary- Malta
    Meadowbrook Elementary - Northbrook
    Medinah Middle School - Roselle
    Metea Valley High School- Aurora
    Monroe School - Hinsdale
    Murphysboro Middle School -Murphysboro
    Neuqua Valley High School - Naperville
    Niles North High School - Skokie
    Niles West High School - Skokie
    Northwestern Elementary - Good Hope
    Park View School - Morton Grove
    Pepper Ridge Elementary - Bloomington
    Percy Julien Middle School - Oak Park
    Pleasant Ridge School - Glenview
    Prairie Elem. School - Buffalo Grove
    Prospect Elementary - Clarendon Hills
    Rochelle Middle School - Rochelle
    Springman Middle School - Glenview
    The Avery Coonley School - Downers Grove
    The Lane School - Hinsdale
    Vernon Hills High School - Vernon Hills
    Walker Elementary - Clarendon Hills
    Warren 9 12 High School - Warren
    Washington Elementary - Evanston
    Westmoor Elementary - Northbrook
    Wheeling High School - Wheeling
    Winston Campus Junior High - Palatine

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