Blue Ribbon

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The U.S. Department of Education named St. Athanasius a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School, ranking us among the top 1% in the nation for academic excellence.


The Blue Ribbon program sets a standard of excellence in education. It uses data to assess high performance, particularly in the areas of reading and mathematics. Our school’s nomination package documented students’ outstanding test scores over five years, faculty qualifications, innovative teaching, unique class structure, new technologies, student leadership programs, community activities, service projects, and parent and alumni involvement.


The pool of schools considered for this award is wide; it encompasses public, private, charter, magnet and Title I schools. We are a grateful two-time recipient of this award (2012 and 2019). It confirms our students are mastering challenging subjects and content through exemplary teaching in a supportive school environment.

You can read more about this distinction in the Archidocese of Chicago Press and via the Chicago Tribune.

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