Blue Ribbon Recognition Program

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

IAHPERD Evaluative Criteria reflecting state and national professional standards and those of Illinois States Board of Education.


  • Contact the Blue Ribbon Chair to express interest.
  • Do self evaluation using grade level Criteria. Download criteria here
  • Complete the online application Apply Online here
    (for a downloadable copy of the P.E. application, click here)
  • 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.
  • Application Deadline is February 1


  • Valid for five years for Health and five years for P.E.
  • 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?

Evaluative Criteria

Physical Education has Evaluative Criteria available for use in developing quality programs in Grades K-12.

Health Education has Evaluative Criteria available for use in developing quality programs in Grades 5-8, 9-12.

The Criteria reflects the standards established by the Health and Physical Education profession and the Illinois State Board of Education.

The Criteria covers the areas of curriculum, instruction, enrichment, facilities and equipment, finance, medical and safety, and administration.

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.


Current Blue Ribbon Schools

Physical Education

Attea Middle School - Glenview
Avery Coonley School - Downers Grove News
Country Meadows Elementary - Long Grove
Culver Elementary - Niles
Daniel Wright Junior High - Lincolnshire
Gemini Junior High - Niles
Geneva Middle School, Geneva
Golf Middle School, Morton Grove
Gower Middle School, Burr Ridge
Gower West Elementary - Willowbrook
Greenbriar Elementary - Northbrook
Hadley Junior High - Glen Ellyn
Hoffman Elementary - Glenview
Ivy Hall Elementary - Buffalo Grove
Kildeer Countryside Elementary - Long Grove
Lake Park High School - Roselle
Lakeview Junior High School, Downers Grove
Laura B. Sprague Elementary - Lincolnshire
Liberty Intermediate School, Bourbonnais
Lincoln Middle School - Park Ridge
Maine East High School - Park Ridge
Maine South High School - Park Ridge
Maine West High School - DesPlaines
Malta Elementary, Malta
Meadowbrook Elementary - Northbrook
Neuqua Valley High School - Naperville
Niles North High School - Skokie
Park View School - Morton Grove
Percy Julien Middle School - Oak Park
Prairie Elementary School - Buffalo Grove
Rochelle Middle School - Rochelle
Springman Middle School - Glenview
Warren 9 12 High School - Warren
Westmoor Elementary - Northbrook
Wheeling High School - Wheeling
Winston Campus Junior High - Palatine

Health Education

A.A. Stagg High School - Palos Hills
Andrew High School - Tinley Park
Carl Sandburg High School - Orland Park
Daniel Wright Junior High School - Lincolnshire
Downers Grove South High School - Downers Grove
Edison Middle School - Wheaton
Gemini Junior High School - Niles
Maine East High School - Park Ridge
Neuqua Valley High School - Naperville
Resurrection High School - Chicago
Twin Groves Middle School - Buffalo Grove