blue ribbonContinuing our focus on education, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently released his list of 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Two Elmhurst schools, Lincoln Elementary and Bryan Middle School, were among the 219 public and 50 private schools recognized for excellence. “Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential,” Duncan said. “Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future.”

During the past 30 years, the Blue Ribbon Schools program has recognized nearly 7,000 of the most successful public and private schools in the US. The application process is rigorous, and nominated schools must demonstrate that they meet criteria based upon state assessment systems and professional recommendations. There are two categories for the award – exemplary high performing schools, and exemplary improving schools. Both Bryan and Lincoln were recognized as high performing schools. All of this year’s award winning schools will be recognized in a ceremony in Washington D.C. in early November, and will each receive a plaque and a Blue Ribbon Schools flag designating their achievements.

Following on from York High School’s recent recognition as one of Chicago’s top 10 schools, these Blue Ribbon announcements add even more strength to the fact that Elmhurst is a wonderful place to raise a family. Our schools do more than simply prepare our students for higher education and the job market. They offer important opportunities to practice being members of the Elmhurst community. Schools reflect the values and ethics of the communities they serve, and these awards show that our schools, and the people who stand behind them, are committed to providing the best opportunities possible for our children and Elmhurst’s future.

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