The US Department of Education just released their list of the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools. These are schools that have great academic performance or have made progress in closing the achievement gap. Only 8 schools, out of the 297 that were recognized in total across the country, are in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and one of them is right here in Rochester, MN.

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Elementary, Middle, and High Schools can receive this award. The 8 schools in Minnesota that got the honor this year are...

Churchill Elementary School - Cloquet - Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School
Kimberly Lane Elementary School - Plymouth - Exemplary High Performing School
Lake Middle School - Woodbury - Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School
Lowell Elementary School - Brainerd - Exemplary High Performing School
Maple River West Elementary School - Good Thunder - Exemplary High Performing School
Seven Hills Preparatory Academy - Bloomington - Exemplary High Performing School
Springfield Elementary School - Springfield - Exemplary High Performing School

Don't worry, I didn't forget about Rochester! The Rochester school that made the list is... Lincoln K-8 School for Exemplary High Performance! A big congratulations to the students and staff there!

It's awesome to see places in Rochester get shout-outs and be recognized for being some of the best, whether it's a restaurant or a school, across the state or across the country.

Also, there's a site that ranks schools based on reviews is called Niche. Based on their findings I put together a list of the 25 best public schools across southeast Minnesota. Keep scrolling to check that out and see where your kid's school ranks.

Top 25 Best Public Schools in Southeast Minnesota for 2022

Niche recently released their 2022 rankings for schools, so I wanted to see what public schools in our neck of the woods, southeast Minnesota, they deemed to be the best.

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