Chicago, IL (September 20, 2011) – Six Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, St. Therese Chinese Catholic School in Chicago, St. Emily School in Mt. Prospect, St. Linus School, Oak Lawn, Mary, Seat of Wisdom School in Park Ridge, St. Paul of the Cross School, Park Ridge and Queen of the Rosary School, Elk Grove Village, will be among the 304 schools from across the country to receive Blue Ribbon School Awards at a November ceremony in Washington, D.C., hosted by the U.S. Department of Education.
Since 1982, when the U.S. Department of Education began making the awards, the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools have received 61 Blue Ribbon Awards, more than any other school system in the country.
“The Blue Ribbon helps to validate the academic excellence which follows from our faith tradition,” said Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, O.P., Superintendent, “We are extremely proud of our teachers, students, parents, and administrators’ achievement and initiative.”
Schools were selected either because their standardized test scores in reading and math placed them among the top-performing schools in the nation or state, or because they served disadvantaged students and improved performance to high levels. Notably, St. Therese Chinese Catholic is one of two private school recipients to serve a student population that is at least 40 percent disadvantaged and in the top-performing category.
"America's long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education," said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. "National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow."
More information about Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago can be found on their website, schools.archchicago.org. Information about each of the Blue Ribbon Schools can be found on their websites, Facebook or by contacting them directly.
St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, 247 West 23rd Street, 312-326-2837, www.sttheresechicago.org, www.facebook.com/StThereseSchool.
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Queen of the Rosary School, 690 Elk Grove Blvd., 847-437-3322, www.qrcougars.org.
St. Emily School, 1499 East Central Road, 847-296-3490, www.stemily.org.
St. Linus School, 10400 South Lawler Avenue, 708-425-1656, www.stlinusschool.org.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom School, 1352 South Cumberland Avenue, 847-825-2500, www.mswschool.org, www.facebook.com/maryseatofwisdom.
St. Paul of the Cross School, 140 South Northwest Hwy., 847-825-6366, www.spc-school.net.