CK wins National Blue Ribbon Award







SEPTEMBER 16, 2022




U.S. Department of Education recognizes Christ the King as one of the best schools in the nation to learn and prepare for college and careers


(CHICAGO) – Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Christ the King School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School, recognizing it as one of the best places to get an education in the nation. This recognition has only been awarded to 297 schools across the United States, just 17 in Illinois and the ONLY catholic school in the state.

“This is an award that reflects the hard work and dedication of the entire Christ the King community,” said Father Larry Sullivan. “From our students, parents, faculty, and alumni, our faith has guided us to strive for greatness. This award demonstrates that, because we have been able to work together to create a connection within our community, we can accomplish anything.”

Since 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award has been given to schools that have a history of high performance as well as help close achievement gaps so all students can excel in the classroom. Now in its 40th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed

Approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.

“Christ the King provides a challenging curriculum that exceeds grade-level expectations — and we are able to achieve those goals because the faculty and staff embrace multiple paths toward learning,” said Dr. Ann Marie Riordan, principal at Christ the King School. “Our motto is ‘Dream Big’ because we know that if we remain determined and respectful, all while being led by our faith, we can achieve great things — and this award is a direct reflection of that effort. We are humbled by this remarkable achievement.”

Up to 420 schools may be nominated by the Illinois Department of Education annually across the state, but each school must complete a comprehensive application that details the school’s practices and goals.

Dr. Riordan led the school through the nominating process and she will join other recipients at a two-day award ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November.

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