ICNS Member Schools
Forest School Receives National Blue Ribbon Award
Lake Forest, Illinois – Woodlands
Academy of the Sacred Heart is among an elite group of 317
public and 50 private schools recognized Sept. 24 by U.S.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as a
National Blue Ribbon School for
2020. This coveted award is based on a school's overall academic
“Congratulations to this year’s
National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” DeVos said. “It’s a
privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet
students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and
meaningful lives.” The 2020 National Blue Ribbon School Awards
Ceremony, which recipients normally would have attended in
Washington, DC, will be conducted virtually Nov. 12 and 13 this
year due to COVID-19. As a result, Woodlands Academy will
receive its commemorative plaque and flag in the mail.
The National Blue Ribbon School flag
gracing a recipient school’s building is a widely recognized
symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. The award it
symbolizes affirms the hard work of educators, families and
communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where
students master challenging and engaging content. National Blue
Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still
striving for excellence. Now in its 38th year, this U. S.
Department of Education program seeks out and celebrates great
American schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to
high levels. Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year.
National Blue Ribbon School nominees are sought from the top
education official in all states. Private schools are nominated
by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).
“I am so
proud of our entire Woodlands Academy community for achieving
this outstanding national recognition of the work they do every
day educating our students,” Head of School Meg Steele said. “It
truly honors who we are and how we deliver on our goal of
empowering girls to change the world – whether it’s here in our
classrooms or remotely due to COVID-19 precautions.”
Founded in 1858, Woodlands Academy is
an independent Catholic day-and-boarding college-preparatory
high school for young women of all faiths in grades nine through
12. The school promotes engaging academics, artistic and
athletic excellence, strong faith, and social responsibility.
Woodlands is part of a worldwide network of Sacred Heart Schools
that spans the United States and 40 other countries on six
continents. More information about it can be found at
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