St. Joan of Arc School today was named one of 21 National Blue Ribbon schools in Illinois by the federal education department.

In announcing the awards, Education Secretary Arnie Duncan said the schools selected “are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers.”

They “represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.” Duncan added.

St. Joan of Arc, located at 9248 Lawndale Ave., in the section of Skokie served by the Evanston post office, was the only school in either community selected for the award.

“I’m so excited that the St. Joan of Arc community is being recognized,” said St Joan of Arc principal Carrie Hampson in a statement. “Every morning as I greet our students, they are so happy to be here and begin another day of learning with their friends and teachers. I have never experienced such a positive school culture, and it is truly a credit to our students, teachers, and families that we have such an engaging and enthusiastic environment for learning.”

More information about the award program is available online.

Top: St. Joan of Arc School in an image from Google Maps.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Catholic schools in Evanston are excellent

    Congrats, St. Joan of Arc.

    St. A's last year was one of 269 schools nationwide that were named as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Of the 269 schools, 50 were private schools.

    1. St. Joan of Arc School

      Only 3 schools in Evanston have won this award over the last 12 years. I could not find a list that went back further than 2002. Those schools are Pope John XXIII, Saint A's, and Saint Joan of Arc. Nothing beats a Catholic school education.

    2. Blue ribbon list and private schools

      While SJA should be congratulated for the honor, (a few of my own children went there,) based upon the selection criteria, it is much easier for many private schools to qualify for the list.  A good number of private schools typically filter out many of the students who would tend to disqualify the school based upon test scores (and behavior problems are simply asked to leave.)  In addition, since private schools can lack the resouces to provide support for special education students, those families tend to migrate elsewhere.   I would be disappointed if I were paying thousands in private school tuition, only to see my school not make the list every few years.  While I would like to see our public schools make more progress in solving some of their decades old problems, I'm not sure that the number of private schools on the list tells us anything new.

  2. Blue ribbon award!

    I am so proud for you and congratulate you on the way you prepare your students.  Our grand daughter Nina Menon who is now in the 8th grade has been with your school right from Grade I and we are very happy with the way she has progressed., 

    Keep it up and ALL THE BEST!!!


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