School of St. Mary, Lake Forest is named a U. S. Secretary of Education 2020 National Blue Ribbon School for the Third Time
For 38 years, the U.S. Department of Education has affirmed the hard work of educators, families, and communities for creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content by conferring National Blue Ribbon awards. Only schools that demonstrate average standardized test performance in the top 15th percentile nationally may apply for this prestigious honor. To view the announcement please go to, https://www.facebook.com/ED.gov/videos/353588509127994
On Thursday, September 24, 2020, the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, recognized 367 schools, 317 public and 50 private, as the National Blue Ribbon recipients for 2020. Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The School of St. Mary is honored to be one of the 50 private schools in the nation to receive this prestigious award. Even more remarkable, this is the 3rd time the School of St. Mary has earned this coveted designation; only 38 private schools in the country share this distinction. The Department of Education will officially confer the National Blue Ribbon at a virtual recognition ceremony on November 12th and 13th.
The School of St. Mary greatly appreciates the many dedicated stakeholders in the community who support and enable excellence in Catholic education. Generations of families, educators, clergy, and leaders contribute to this historic achievement.
David Wieters, Principal
U. S. Secretary of Education Announces 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools
September 24, 200:
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized the School of St. Mary as one of 367 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. To view the announcement please go to, https://www.facebook.com/ED.gov/videos/353588509127994
“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” said Secretary DeVos. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.”
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 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years of being honored with the award. The School of St. Mary has received this prestigious award three times (1989-90, 2012, 2020), which is very rare and as a school of excellence, indicates the high expectations our school places hiring the best faculty and staff as well as the high standards we have for our students.
The Education Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student subgroup scores and graduation rates:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools – These are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools – These are among their state’s highest performing in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The U.S. Education 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).
The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12 and 13. While we regret not having the opportunity to celebrate in person, given the current situation regarding COVID-19, we will celebrate the 317 public and 50 non-public school honorees in the ways that we are able, and they will each receive their plaques and flags via mail.