Blue Ribbon Schools are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for overall academic excellence

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 297 schools including 17 in Illinois, as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022. This recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

“Congratulations to our 17 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022! I couldn’t be prouder of our extraordinary educators, students, and communities for all of their hard work day in and day out,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “In Illinois, we strive to set our students up for success — from cradle to career. And these schools are doing exactly that, all while exemplifying the values of equity and excellence along the way. To our Illinois National Blue Ribbon Schools: here’s to your continued success and setting the national standard for years to come.” 

“We are extremely proud of our 2022 National Blue Ribbon School award recipients,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “This prestigious award affirms and validates the hard work of our students, educators, families, and communities. Illinois’ Blue Ribbon Schools will serve as nationwide models for effective educational practices, and I want to wish heartfelt congratulations to all those whose passion and drive have warranted this well-deserved recognition.” 

The U.S. Department of Education began the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program in 1982 to bring public attention to exemplary schools in the United States and to spread awareness for best practices. Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to equity and excellence and strive for – and attain – exemplary achievement. They challenge students to think critically about current and future challenges and equip students with the skills they need to thrive.  

The Kane ROE schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools are: 

  • St. Charles – St. Charles North High School, St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 
  • West Chicago – Norton Creek Elementary School, St. Charles Community Unit School District 303

You can view the full school profiles at 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools.