Oak School in Hinsdale has been nominated by the Illinois State Board of Education to apply for the esteemed U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Award.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement, according to a Community Consolidated School District 181 press release.
The program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about effective school leadership and promising instructional practices. Oak has been nominated as an Exemplary High Performing School for students’ outstanding performance on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test and was one of 16 schools nominated from Illinois.
"I am thrilled that Oak School has been nominated. It is a recognition at the highest level, acknowledging the work and dedication of our students, staff and parents," said Principal Sean Walsh in a news release. "This would not have been possible without all members of our community working together to support our children as they learn and grow."
Walsh explains that the application is due March 21.
“The questions address nearly all aspects of our school, ranging from our mission statement and curriculum practices to after school activities and parent involvement," Walsh said. "I am working with the Oak staff to answer the application questions so that our responses reflect the collaborative work that has helped our students succeed.”
The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Blue Ribbon Schools Award selections in September. If selected, Oak would be the fifth of nine schools in Community Consolidated School District 181 earning the
Blue Ribbon Award, joining Clarendon Hills Middle School, Hinsdale Middle School, The Lane School and Madison School.
“The nomination of Oak School for a U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools Award is a fitting tribute to the exceptional commitment and hard work of students, staff and families," Superintendent Dr. Renée Schuster said in the news release. "This honor is evidence of the continued community partnership that makes our District 181 schools truly excellent.”