U.S. Department of Education’s
National Blue Ribbon Award
In September 2011
St. Joan of Arc School
A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
· The National Blue Ribbon School Award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve at high levels. Blue Ribbon Schools score at the highest performance level on nationally-normed tests.
· Before selecting National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department of Education asks for nominations from the top education officials in every state. The schools are invited by the Secretary of Education to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.
· According to the U. S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, “National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow.”
· Nationwide in 2011, the U. S Department of Education named 304 schools National Blue Ribbon Schools. A total of 413 were nominated.
· St. Joan of Arc School was one of 49 U.S. private schools that received this award in 2011.
· 4 of the 49 private schools selected were Catholic grade schools in the Diocese of Cleveland.