Tuesday, September 27, 2011

U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Schools Giving Kids a Sporting Chance

At Sporting Chance Press, we like to acknowledge exceptional efforts on the part of athletes, coaches, teachers and administrators. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels, especially among disadvantaged students. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds.

We'd like to congratulate all the schools and the teachers, coaches, administrators and parents behind them that achieved the Blue Ribbon designation. Below is a list comprised of schools in our home state of Illinois.

High performing List: Regardless of the school's demographics or percentage of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the school is high performing. These are schools that are ranked among a state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics or that score at the highest performance level on tests referenced by national norms in at least the most recent year tested.

Carlinville Primary School
18456 Shipman Road
Carlinville, IL 62626-2442
Phone: (217) 854-9849

Epiphany Catholic School
1002 East College Avenue
Normal, IL 61761-3129
Phone: (309) 452-3268

Greenbrier Elementary School
2330 N. Verde Drive
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-2867
Phone: (847) 398-4272

Highland Elementary School
3935 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515-1515
Phone: (630) 719-5835

The Lane Elementary School
500 N. Elm Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521-3519
Phone: (630) 887-1430

Lincoln Magnet School
300 S. 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62703-1204
Phone: (217) 525-3236

Mary, Seat of Wisdom Catholic School
1352 S. Cumberland Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-5121
Phone: (847) 825-2500

Northside College Preparatory High School
5501 N. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-3923
Phone: (773) 534-3954

Queen of the Rosary School
690 Elk Grove Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-4262
Phone: (847) 437-3322

Robert Frost Junior High School
320 W. Wise Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193-0000
Phone: (847) 357-6800

St. Emily School
(Shown in photo)
1400 E. Central Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056-2650
Phone: (847) 296-3490

Saint Joan of Arc School
4913 Columbia Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532-3503
Phone: (630) 969-1732

Saint Linus School
10400 S. Lawler Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453-4717
Phone: (708) 425-1656

St. Paul of the Cross School
140 S. Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4253
Phone: (847) 825-6366

St. Therese Chinese Catholic School
247 West 23rd Street
Chicago, IL 60616-1996
Phone: (312) 326-2837

Wood Oaks Junior High School
1250 Sanders Road
Northbrook, IL 60062-2906
Phone: (847) 272-1900

Improving schools: These are schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have reduced the achievement gap by improving student performance to high levels in reading (English language arts) and mathematics on state assessments or tests referenced by national norms in at least the most recent year tested.

Audubon Elementary School
3500 North Hoyne Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618-6112
Phone: (773) 534-5470

Mohawk Elementary School
917 W. Hillside Drive
Bensenville, IL 60106-1819
Phone: (630) 766-2604

Sorento Elementary School
510 S. Main Street
Sorento, IL 62086-0068
Phone: (217) 272-4111

More information on the program can be found here.

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