The Blue Ribbon Schools Program sets a national standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals. St. Francis Xavier School is honored to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Award brings public attention to the best schools in the United States, recognizing schools whose students thrive and excel. The program is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices. St. Francis Xavier School is the first Catholic elementary school in Wilmette, IL to win this award.
Blue Ribbon Schools represent the full diversity of American education. They are urban, suburban, and rural; large and small; traditional and innovative. They serve students of every social, economic and ethnic background. At the same time, they share a handful of qualities. Their leaders not only articulate a vision of excellence, they remain actively involved in the mechanics of teaching and learning. Teachers, students, and administrators are all held to high standards. Data are used diligently to adapt teaching and learning to support every student. Mutual respect and trust run deep in their cultures.
District 39 is home to an array of outstanding schools, both private and public. St. Francis Xavier School is privileged to be part of a community that prioritizes education, and is proud to contribute to this culture of excellence by offering an intentional combination of academics and values.