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Gov. Quinn fetes area Blue Ribbon schools

At Chicago’s Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn congratulated all 21 of Illinois’ schools recognized nationally for being Blue Ribbon Schools.

“This award is a top honor for our high performing schools and is a direct reflection of our hard-working teachers and principals,” he said from the Ravenswood Catholic school Friday morning. “We are proud of every Blue Ribbon School across Illinois.”

Queen of Angels was one of only three Catholic schools in Chicago named as a Blue Ribbon winner, and one of only seven in the Chicago Archdiocese to meet the award’s stringent 15 percent requirement. Only two Chicago Public Schools were among the winners.

Angels Principal Julia Kelly applauded the school’s efforts, “The Blue Ribbon Award is a wonderful tribute honoring our entire school community. The tireless efforts of staff, students and parents are reflected in this prestigious award that illustrates Queen of Angels’ commitment to providing an excellent education.”

Blue Ribbon schools are named by the U.S. Department of Education for their high performance levels or significant academic improvements. Illinois had 12 public and nine private schools among the 286 national honorees. To earn the award, students had to place in the top 15% in the nation in both math and reading standardized tests in 2013. Schools were notified on Sept. 24; they will be honored in Washington, D.C., at a ceremony in November.

Chicago’s 2013 Blue Ribbon schools are:

Queen of Angels School, Chicago

Frazier International Magnet School, Chicago

Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School, Chicago

Northside Catholic Academy, Chicago

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, Chicago

Saint Andrew School, Chicago

Elsewhere in the region:

Saint Joan of Arc School, Evanston

Saint Francis Xavier School, La Grange

Saint Michael School, Orland Park

Saint Norbert School, Northbrook

Greenbriar Elementary School, Northbrook

Lincoln Elementary School, Morton

Prairie Crossing Charter School, Grayslake

Roslyn Road Elementary School, Barrington

Saint Peter Lutheran School, Arlington Heights

Sandburg Middle School, Elmhurst

The Skokie School, Winnetka

Twin Groves Middle School, Kildeer Countryside

Wescott Elementary School, Northbrook

Rest of the state:

Scott Elementary School, Scott Air Force Base

United North Elementary School, Alexis

“Hard work and dedication by staff, students, and families with the unwavering goal of preparing students for college preparatory programs in top notch high schools is what makes Frazier International Magnet School one of the most successful elementary schools in Chicago,” Frazier Principal Faren D’Abell said on the school’s web site.