2008 and 2014 Blue Ribbon Award Recipient

Previously honored in 2008, Saint Viator High School was selected as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. This is the highest national award that a school can receive. This marks two awards in a row for Saint Viator, as schools are only eligible every six years.

Mr. Arne Duncan, the United States Secretary of Education, presented the Blue Ribbon Award to former president, Fr. Corey Brost, C.S.V., and former principal, Eileen Manno at a ceremony in Washington D.C. in November 2014. 

The National Blue Ribbon Program honors “Exemplary High Performing Schools,” using nationally normed tests.   To apply for the award, a school must perform in the top 15% of the nation in both the reading and math section of the selected exam, with at least 90% of its students taking the exam. In addition to meeting the test requirements, Saint Viator completed an extensive application which summarized the schools strengths and accomplishments and demonstrated how the school community works together to promote student success.  

Saint Viator highlighted these school strengths in its application: 

  • the Campus Ministry and Service Program that puts the mission of the school into action and truly embodies what it means to be a Viatorian and part of a Catholic community; 
  • the Reverend Mark R. Francis, C.S.V. International Program, which currently enrolls 54 international students from South Korea, China, and Columbia;
  • the commitment to 21st century learning and the introduction of the one-to-one iPad program; 
  • the average ACT score for the Class of 2013 was 26.5; and
  • 100% of the Class of 2013 was accepted into universities and colleges across the country.


Most prestigious award from the United States Department of Education:

  • One of 337 total schools
  • One of Six private high schools
  • The only high school in the Archdiocese of Chicago

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