Copper Canyon was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools. The program celebrates some of the most skilled and effective educators in the country. The Award is both a high aspiration and a potent resource of practitioner knowledge. The award is presented to school that demonstrate leadership, articulate a vision of excellence and hold everyone to high standards. Mutual respect and trust run deep in their cultures. Faculty are supported by mentoring and professional development and have time to coordinate their work.