Madison School in Community Consolidated School District 181 was recognized today by U.S. Department of Education as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. It is the second time that the school has been a recipient of the honor. It is the highest award given by the U.S. Department of Education.
Madison is one of 362 total schools that are being recognized. Madison was named a Blue Ribbon School earlier in 2009 and it's a rare distinction to be named a second time. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools, where students perform at very high levels, or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement. Madison was nominated as an Exemplary High Performing School, meaning it is among the state's highest performing school and also has very high performance in smaller subgroups of students.
Madison joins other schools in the District – Clarendon Hills Middle School, Hinsdale Middle School, Monroe, Oak and The Lane – as Blue Ribbon National Schools. In a newer process, the state selects Blue Ribbon Schools and does not seek applications for the honor.
Principal Kim Rutan said, "I am so proud to call Madison home and constantly amazed and inspired by our students, staff, and school community. It is truly a team effort. The level of dedication that I see every day is incredible and allows us to learn and grow as a building with a continued focus on innovation, critical thinking, and citizenship."
Superintendent Dr. Hector Garcia said the District was honored by Madison's distinction. "Madison is a dynamic learning environment for our students. Students are engaged, parents are involved and supportive and our teachers continuously strive for academic excellence," he said. "We are proud of all of our high quality schools," he added.
Madison will be honored at a recognition ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington D.C.
In its application, Rutan noted, "Teachers are constantly collaborating to improve and adjust instruction for students and they seek out opportunities for new learning and innovative ideas." She also noted the exemplary partnerships with PTO and the community and the blend of tradition and innovation.
"We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. "As a National Blue Ribbon School, your school demonstrates what is possible when committed educators hold all students and staff to high standards and create vibrant, innovative cultures of teaching and learning."
To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the U.S. Department of Education requested nominations from the top education official in every state. For more information on the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, visit the National Blue Ribbon Schools