Continuing the trend set by Lincoln Elementary and Bryan Middle Schools last year, Elmhurst’s Sandburg Middle School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. This is the second time the school has received this honor – it was also recognized in 2007.

All 236 public and 50 private schools recognized this year will be honored at a ceremony to be held next month in Washington DC. Schools are recognized either for their overall excellence or for their progress toward improving student achievement. According to Sec. Duncan, “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.” You can watch a video of Sec. Duncan’s announcement here.

Nominations for the award come from education officials in the individual states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Department of Defense schools, and the Bureau of Indian Education. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated. Once a school has been nominated, it receives an invitation to apply for the award. This year, Sandburg is one of three high-performing middle schools to be recognized in Illinois. To see a full list of all 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, go to the US Department of Education website.

The fact that our schools receive this type of national recognition is not lost on those of us who live here. Elmhurst is a fantastic place to raise a family. We have excellent schools, a forward-thinking community, and access to all of the advantages a big city can offer while living in comfortable, affordable neighborhoods. We really do have the best of both worlds.

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