Solomon Schechter school near Chicago awarded National Blue Ribbon School status
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Solomon Schechter school near Chicago awarded National Blue Ribbon School status

(JTA) — A Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School in suburban Chicago is the only Jewish school in the country to be awarded National Blue Ribbon School status this year.

On Tuesday, the Sager Solomon Schechter Day School in Northbrook, Illinois, will receive its National Blue Ribbon School flag and plaque from the Department of Education at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

It is one of 50 private schools and 279 public schools across the country to receive the honor for 2016.

The Sager School is the K-8 program at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago.

“We are proud to be one of our nation’s highest performing schools,” Ethan Budin, Schechter’s board president, said in a statement.

Linda Foster, head of the Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, added: “This honor recognizes the exemplary teaching and learning that takes place at Schechter.”

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.