Eight schools receive National Blue Ribbon awards

The 2020 National Blue Ribbon award comes as a validation of the efforts of the eight Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago that were honored this year, school leaders said. The awards honor high-achieving schools and those that close achievement gaps; of the 367 schools honored across the Unites States this year, 50 are non-public schools.
Students at St. James School in Arlington Heights receive a visit from the school mascot during a surprise virtual pep rally Sept. 24, 2020, to celebrate the school winning a National Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Students at St. James School in Arlington Heights process out of school on Sept. 24, 2020, carrying signs celebrating the school’s National Blue Ribbon Award. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)