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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