Naperville North High School Named a Blue Ribbon School

Chicago Tribune, 10/1/18 - Naperville North High School was one of 349 schools in the United States chosen as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Monday.


The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps. The Naperville District 203 high school was listed among the highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.


Only 24 Illinois public and private schools earned the distinction in 2018.


“I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” DeVos said in a video message to the honorees. “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”


Superintendent Dan Bridges, who issued a statement in response to the announcement, said he was “honored” the school was among those singled out for its achievements.


“This recognition affirms the hard work of our educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content,” he said.


Naperville North Principal Stephanie Posey also released a statement saying she was proud of the school’s accomplishment.


“Our teachers engage students in learning at the highest levels by utilizing research-based best practices and analyzing academic data to set goals for growth,” Posey said.


Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools.


DeVos and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school honorees at an awards ceremony Nov. 7-8 in Washington, D.C.


Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year from all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education.