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21 Illinois schools win National Blue Ribbon award

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Federal education officials recognized 21 high-performing or improving Illinois schools with a National Blue Ribbon award.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the awards Friday at Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School on the North Side, which was one of just 50 private schools in the country to earn the award this year, the governor's office said in a press release.

The U.S. Department of Education selects the Blue Ribbon Schools based on high levels of academic achievement, or significant improvements in students' success.

"This award is a top honor for our high performing schools and is a direct reflection of our hard-working teachers and principals," Quinn said. "We are proud of every Blue Ribbon School across Illinois."

A ceremony on Nov. 18 and 19 in Washington, D.C. will honor all 286 National Blue Ribbon Schools across the county, the release said.

Twelve public schools and nine private schools in Illinois earned the award for 2013. They include:

• Frazier International Magnet School, Chicago

• Greenbriar Elementary School, Northbrook

• Lincoln Elementary School, Morton

• Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School, Chicago

• Northside Catholic Academy, Chicago

• Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, Chicago

• Prairie Crossing Charter School, Grayslake

• Queen of Angels School, Chicago

• Roslyn Road Elementary School, Barrington

• Saint Joan of Arc School, Chicago

• Saint Andrew School, Chicago

• Saint Francis Xavier School, Chicago

• Saint Michael School, Chicago

• Saint Norbert School, Chicago

• Saint Peter Lutheran School, Arlington Heights

• Sandburg Middle School, Elmhurst

• Scott Elementary School, Mascoutah

• The Skokie School, Winnetka

• Twin Groves Middle School, Kildeer Countryside

• United North Elementary School, Alexis

• Wescott Elementary School, Northbrook

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