8 suburban schools given National Blue Ribbon School designation

  • Our Lady of the Wayside School in Arlington Heights has updated its curriculum to become a "balanced literacy school." It was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Tuesday.

    Our Lady of the Wayside School in Arlington Heights has updated its curriculum to become a "balanced literacy school." It was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Tuesday. Courtesy of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

  • Students at 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Emerson Elementary in Wheaton speak 19 different languages.

    Students at 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Emerson Elementary in Wheaton speak 19 different languages. Courtesy of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

  • Every student at St. Theresa School in Palatine, a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, has been equipped with an iPad.

    Every student at St. Theresa School in Palatine, a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, has been equipped with an iPad. Courtesy of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

 
 
Updated 9/29/2015 4:57 PM

Eight suburban schools were honored Tuesday with designation as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Nationwide, 335 schools were recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for their academic excellence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"This honor recognizes your students' accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success," Duncan said in a video message. "Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence -- in vision, in implementation, and in results -- and we want to learn as much as we can from you."

Suburban schools to be recognized include:

• Emerson Elementary School in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200

• Longfellow Elementary School in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200

• Butler Junior High in Oak Brook Elementary District 53

• Hough Street School in Barrington Unit District 220

• May Watts Elementary in Indian Prairie Unit District 204

• Meadow Glens Elementary in Naperville Unit District 203

• Our Lady of the Wayside School in Arlington Heights

• St. Theresa School in Palatine

The 285 public and 50 private schools will be honored at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. Each school selected either has students who are achieving very high learning standards, or students who are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

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