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Muskogee's Sadler Arts Academy Awarded Honor by U.S. Department of Education

Muskogee's Sadler Arts Academy Awarded Honor by U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education today recognized Muskogee Public School's Sadler Arts Academy among 353 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups on assessments.

The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms and validates the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for – and attaining – exemplary achievement. National Blue Ribbon Schools represent the full diversity of American schools and serve students of every background. National Blue Ribbon School leaders articulate a vision of excellence and hold everyone to high standards. They demonstrate effective and innovative teaching and learning, and the schools value and support teachers and staff through meaningful professional learning.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites nominations for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.

To learn more about the 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools, visit




Sadler Arts Academy is an arts magnet school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school provides students the opportunity to learn through creative instruction, using the arts as a vehicle for motivation and learning. The site is one of the 2019 Bond Projects that saw a complete renovation to make way for new state-of-the-art construction. The fully renovated site re-opened this past August for the 2023-24 school year. 



Muskogee Public Schools was founded in 1898. Today the district enrolls approximately 5,000 students from Pre-K to 12th grade across 13 school sites and has nearly 700 employees including teachers, staff, and administrators. The 2019 bond proposal recommended by the Muskogee Public Schools long range planning committee, set forth by the board of education and passed by a supermajority citizen vote is the largest in the district’s history. The bond includes 13 projects at school sites throughout the district. To date, seven bond construction projects have been completed, three projects are currently underway, and three are on deck. All projects remain on schedule to be completed by the end of 2023.

For more information about Muskogee Public Schools and the 2019 bond projects, visit