St. Charles North H.S. Recognized As National Blue Ribbon School

St. Charles North High School is recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School.  Only 304 public and private schools achieved this status, out of more than 132,000 public and private schools in the nation. 

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels.  Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to achievement and to ensuring that students learn and succeed.  Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and must receive a quality education.

St. Charles North High School will be honored at an awards ceremony along with the other 303 schools on November 15-16 in Washington, D.C.  In the past 28 years, more than 6,000 of America’s schools have received this coveted award.

“We are honored to be recipients of the 2010 Blue Ribbon Award,” said St. Charles North H.S. Principal Kim Zupec.  “We are extremely proud of the efforts of our students and staff in their aggressive pursuit of the best education possible.  We are truly appreciative and indebted to our parents and the entire community for their support .”

Each year, the Illinois State Board of Education selects four elementary, four middle and four high schools and nominates those 12 schools for the Blue Ribbon Award.  After a school is nominated, there is an application process in which the school must provide a history of the school along with detailed descriptions of a school improvement program and details on how the school addresses the specific needs of its students.

“We have been very fortunate to have three District schools recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools– both high schools and Haines Middle School,” said Superintendent Don Schlomann.  “Continuing on these efforts, 11 district schools have been recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education with the Academic Excellence Award, showing the level of effort by students, parents and staff.”

A list of 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools available here