Clark School Celebrates Blue Ribbon Status

Students and staff at St. John the Apostle School in Clark celebrate their school's selection as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School (Photo courtesy of St. John the Apostle School)

CLARK — St. John the Apostle School in Clark has been named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School for academic excellence by the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The school will be recognized at a ceremony held for National Blue Ribbon Schools on Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C.

St. John the Apostle School was selected as a high academic performance school because their standardized test scores in reading and math were among the highest in the nation. The National Blue Ribbon School award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve at high levels, as well as where the achievement gap is narrowing.

The application process began in October of last year culminating in a nomination by the Council of Advanced Private Education in January 2011. The official nomination was finalized on Sept. 15.

“This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty,” said Sr. Donna Marie O’Brien, O.P., principal of St. John the Apostle School for over 25 years.

O’Brien added, “At St. John the Apostle School, we are constantly striving to ensure that the academic program we deliver meets the needs of our students, while encouraging them to do their best. Many hands and minds were put to work as a team united toward a common goal: achieving the Blue Ribbon nomination. The application had us answering questions about our curriculum, assessment, staff development, and history.” Faculty wrote content, gave additional application critiques as well as devoted hours and hours of their time.

“As I think back at this entire process, I realize that St. John the Apostle School was already a Blue Ribbon School. We have a dedicated staff that truly puts children first in all they do. We have active parents who want the best for their children, and we have a pastor and parish that strongly support its parish school.” said O’Brien.

A list of the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at

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