On Thursday, September 24, 2020, Saint James School was named by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020. Saint James School is 1 out 8 schools in the Chicago Archdiocese to receive this honor. This award was given to Saint James School for being an exemplary high performing school. This recognition is a validation of the academic excellence that happens at Saint James School each day and the outstanding work ethic of our faculty, staff, and students.

“I am so incredibly proud of the students and staff at Saint James School for receiving this award for a second time,” said Saint James Principal, Mike Kendrick. At Saint James School we have a mantra we refer to frequently, which is FIND A WAY. This mantra represents our relentless efforts to do what is best for the kids no matter the circumstances. The National Blue Ribbon Award Is a validation that our teachers, parents, Parish and school community has found that way. We are very honored to receive this prestigious award. This is just the tip of the iceberg for St. James School as we continue to FIND A WAY for many years to come.”

Saint James Catholic School has been providing an exceptional faith-based education to students for over 90 years. The tradition of academic excellence, character development and faith formation has continued to grow as teachers, administrators, and staff model the mission of the school for the students. Saint James Schools’ school’s mantra is “Find A Way.” This mantra helps Saint James faculty and staff push beyond their comfort zones to “Find A Way” to help students succeed to their highest potential academically, develop a strong moral compass, embrace a culture of inclusion, differentiate at a high level, and build a faith foundation that will stay with the students throughout their lives. Saint James’ goal is to help students become the best possible version of themselves comparable to no one else, no matter the individual circumstances of the child.

This is the second time Saint James School has been named as a National Blue Ribbon School. In 2008 St. James school received the National Blue Ribbon School award. This prestigious designation resonated with not only our school families, but in the greater Arlington Heights area. Since 2008, Saint James Schools has seen so many positive effects including a school pride that revolves around and culture of high academic success. We leveraged this award to continue to maintain high enrollments, help build a strong school culture, and to recognize the fantastic work our hard-working teachers do on a daily basis. We are very proud of our past, and we are incredibly excited about our future.

Saint James School is centrally located in the Village of Arlington Heights and serves students in Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. The culture of the Saint James community is one that revolves around love, support, and inclusion. Saint James School focuses on doing what is best for each child that enters our doors. The staff at St. James School provides a positive and warm experience for our students. They begin each morning with the warm threshold greetings, supportive instruction, faith and character development, and doing all their duties with zeal.

“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” said Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education. “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 coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed

almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The U.S. Education Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).Due to COVID-19, the 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12 and 13. During this ceremony the Department of education will celebrate the 317 public and 50 non-public school honorees.