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2016 National Blue Ribbon

On September 28, 2016, US Department of Education Secretary Dr. John B. King, Jr., announced that Saint Juliana School is a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School! Only 50 private schools are honored with this distinction each year, along with 297 public schools in 2016. In order to be nominated, a Blue Ribbon school must demonstrate superior academic achievement, with assessment scores that in the top ten percent in the nation. That we received this award is due in large part to the endless support of our community: the families and parishioners who support our hard-working students, faculty and staff both on our campus and at home. Congratulations, everyone!

In November, Principal Katrina McDermott and Assistant Principal Anita Slaboch traveled to Washington, D.C. for a two-day ceremony to accept the award on behalf of our school. Our students celebrated the display of our award plaque and banner with pizza and a rockin' dance party; we shared photos of the fun on our Facebook page.

The text of the official press release is below, and a PDF version of the release can be downloaded here. We'd love our community to share the good news! The official hashtag is #2016NatlBlueRibbon and we are @StJulianaSchool on Twitter and Facebook.

Dr. King's announcement and the full list of 2016 National Blue Ribbon schools can be viewed here or on YouTube.



CHICAGO, Illinois · September 2016 · U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that Saint Juliana School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Saint Juliana School is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.

Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Principal Katrina McDermott will represent Saint Juliana School at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the hard-won achievement.

For more information about Saint Juliana School, please contact the school office at 773.631.2256. For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please visit their website at

About Saint Juliana School

Saint Juliana School has faithfully served Catholic families in the Edison Park, Niles and Park Ridge communities since 1928. Excellent academic achievement, spiritual development and service to others characterize Saint Juliana School students. Extracurricular programs in athletics, fine arts, and scouting provide students with additional opportunities for growth and exploration. A ministry of Saint Juliana Parish, the school welcomes children of all faiths, from preschool (Age 3) through eighth grade.

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