United States Department of Education Honors Christ the King School as 2022 National Blue Ribbon Recipient – Press Releases

Catholic schools located in the Archdiocese have received 120 Blue Ribbon Awards.

Chicago, (September 16, 2022) – The Archdiocese of Chicago announced today that Christ The King School, in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, has was recognized this year by the US Department of Education with a Blue Ribbon Award. The National Blue Ribbon Award is given to a school based on its overall academic excellence or progress in closing student achievement gaps. Catholic schools in the Archdiocese have received 120 Blue Ribbon Awards.

“We are very proud of the Christ the King school community for receiving this coveted award,” said Greg Richmond, superintendent of the Chicago Catholic Schools Archdiocese. “I commend the school administration, educators and staff for their unwavering dedication to their students and families.

Christ the King School has been recognized in the category of “Exemplary High-Performing Schools,” meaning the schools are among the top-performing schools in the state, as measured by state ratings or nationally standardized tests. This is the first time the school has been honored with a National Blue Ribbon Award. Dr. Ann Marie Riordan, principal of Christ the King School, will join other recipients at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, DC, in November.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized a total of 297 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022.

“I congratulate all of the 2022 National Blue Ribbon School Award recipients for creating vibrant, welcoming, and empowering school communities where students can learn, grow, reach their potential, and fulfill their dreams,” Secretary Cardona said. “As our country continues to recover from the pandemic, we know that our future will only be as strong as the education we provide to all of our children. Blue Ribbon schools have gone above and beyond to keep students safe. healthy and safe while respecting their , social, emotional and mental health.These schools show what is possible to make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of students.

With its 39th cohort, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has awarded approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms and validates the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in their efforts to — and to achieve — exemplary achievement.

Up to 420 schools can be nominated each year. The department invites nominations for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the highest education official of all states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, the Department of Educational Activity of the Department of Defense, and the Bureau of Indian education. Private schools are named by the Council for American Private Education.

To learn more about Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, visit: schools.archchicago.org

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