Sager Solomon Schechter Day School, the K-8 program at Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, was awarded National Blue Ribbon School status today, as announced by U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr. Schechter is the only Jewish day school of the 50 private schools and 279 public schools across the nation to receive this honor this year.
“Being named as a National Blue Ribbon School is such a monumental achievement for us,” said Linda P. Foster, CEO/Head of School. “This Award, combined with our ISACS accreditation, showcases our overall academic excellence and ongoing commitment to educate our students to their highest potential.
“We are proud to be one of our nation’s highest performing schools”, adds Ethan Budin, Schechter Board President.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. Now in its 34th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools.
“National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers,” King said in a video message to honorees. “[Blue Ribbon] schools are on the cutting-edge, pioneering innovative educational practices–professional learning communities, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, positive behavior systems–making you the shining examples for your communities, your state and the nation.”
The application process, which began during the 2015-2016 school year, was the collaborative effort of academic and administrative leadership, and representative of the entire K-8 school. Sager Solomon Schechter Day School will receive its National Blue Ribbon School flag and plaque during an Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
“This honor recognizes the exemplary teaching and learning that takes place at Schechter,” said Foster. “It is a testament of how we’ve strengthened our academic excellence across the board under [former Principal] Dr. Lena Kushnir’s tenure here, and an indicator of where Schechter is going in the future.”