24 Illinois schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Monday recognized twenty-four Illinois schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
“I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7 and 8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with all honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:
Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).
Aviston Elementary School - Aviston
Butterfield Elementary School - Lombard
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School- Orland Hills
Edison Regional Gifted Center - Chicago
Evergreen Elementary School - Carol Stream
George Washington Elementary School - Park Ridge
Giant City Community Consolidated School District 130 - Carbondale
Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy - Chicago
Hickory Creek Middle School - Frankfort
Hynes Elementary School - Morton Grove
Libertyville High School - Libertyville
Meridian School - Buffalo Grove
Naperville North High School - Naperville
Parkview Elementary School - Columbia
Peoria Christian High School - Peoria
Proviso Math And Science Academy - Forest Park
Queen Of All Saints School - Chicago
Sacred Heart School - Winnetka
Saint Bede Elementary School - Ingleside
Saint Francis de Sales School - Lake Zurich
Saint Francis Xavier School - Wilmette
Saint Therese Chinese Catholic School - Chicago
South Park Elementary School - Deerfield
Tremont Elementary School - Tremont