IL ties TX for most Blue Ribbon Schools in 2018

The US Department of Education yesterday announced 349 National Blue Ribbon Schools, including 24 in Illinois and 24 in Texas, more than any other state in the nation.

The two states alone accounted for 48 of the 349 schools so named this year, or about 13.75 percent. (Oregon and Vermont have not participated in the National Blue Ribbon program for more than 15 years, and Oklahoma didn’t participate last year or this year.)


Harford Day School (Google)

Seven schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools in Maryland this year, including Harford Day School in Bel Air, the only private school among the seven.

The Illinois schools represent a diverse list with enrollments ranging from 188 to 2,738 students.

“Congratulations to our 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools,” State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith said in a press release. “This award gives us an opportunity to recognize educators across the state who bring our communities together and who challenge and inspire the next generation of Illinois leaders. I am deeply appreciative that so many Illinois schools are receiving this prestigious honor.”

Illinois schools receiving the 2018 National Blue Ribbon

  1. Aviston Elementary School, Aviston (Aviston SD 21)
  2. Butterfield Elementary School, Lombard (Lombard Elementary SD 44)
  3. Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School, Orland Hills (Nonpublic)
  4. Edison Regional Gifted Center, Chicago (Chicago PS 299)
  5. Evergreen Elementary School, Carol Stream (Benjamin SD 25)
  6. Giant City School, Carbondale (Giant City CCSD 130)
  7. Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Chicago (Chicago PS 299)
  8. Hickory Creek Middle School, Frankfort (Frankfort SD 157-C)
  9. Hynes Elementary School, Morton Grove (Golf SD 67)
  10. Libertyville High School, Libertyville (Community HSD 128)
  11. Meridian School, Buffalo Grove (Aptakisic-Tripp SD 102)
  12. Naperville North High School, Naperville (Naperville CUSD 203)
  13. Parkview Elementary School, Columbia (Columbia CUSD 4)
  14. Peoria Christian High School, Peoria (Nonpublic)
  15. Proviso Mathematics & Science Academy, Forest Park (Proviso Twp HSD 209)
  16. Queen Of All Saints School, Chicago (Nonpublic)
  17. Sacred Heart School, Winnetka (Nonpublic)
  18. St Bede Elementary School, Ingleside (Nonpublic)
  19. St Francis de Sales School, Lake Zurich (Nonpublic)
  20. St Francis Xavier School, Wilmette (Nonpublic)
  21. St Therese Chinese Catholic School, Chicago (Nonpublic)
  22. South Park Elementary School, Deerfield (Deerfield SD 109)
  23. Tremont Grade School, Tremont (Tremont SD 702)
  24. Washington Elementary School, Park Ridge (Park Ridge-Niles SD 64)

Maryland schools receiving the 2018 National Blue Ribbon

  1. Bannockburn Elementary School, Bethesda (Montgomery County PS)
  2. Fallston Middle School, Fallston (Harford County PS)
  3. Harford Day School, Bel Air (Nonpublic)
  4. Luxmanor Elementary School, Rockville (Montgomery County PS)
  5. Urbana Elementary School, Frederick (Frederick County PS)
  6. Waterloo Elementary School, Columbia (Howard County PS)
  7. West Towson Elementary School, Towson (Baltimore County PS)

“Education is our number one priority, and these seven schools represent the best of what Maryland has to offer: exceptional teachers working with dedicated students to achieve great success in the classroom and beyond,” said Gov Larry Hogan. “We congratulate the leadership, teachers, students, parents, and everyone involved with these outstanding schools on this distinguished honor.”

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