8 suburban schools given National Blue Ribbon School designation
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.