Whitney M. Young High School was recently recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.
Whitney Young was one of three schools in Illinois awarded with this prestigious honor. There were 314 schools recognized nationwide with a Blue Ribbon this year.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria:
- Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests; and
- Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that demonstrate dramatic improvement of student performance to high levels on state tests or nationally-normed tests. Public schools must also meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in reading and math.
Whitney Young celebrated this honor by having a special ribbon ceremony last month.
Learn more about Whitney Young High School and the Blue Ribbon Schools program.