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U.S. Department of Education Honors Two Chicago-Area Catholic Schools as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Recipients

Catholic schools located in the archdiocese have received 119 Blue Ribbon Awards.
Chicago, (Sept. 21, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago announced today that Prince of Peace School in Lake Villa has been recognized this year by the U.S. Department of Education with a Blue Ribbon Award. The National Blue Ribbon Award is presented to a school based on its overall academic excellence or progress in closing student achievement gaps. In addition, Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, an independent Catholic school, was also recognized with a 2021 National Blue Ribbon Award. Catholic schools in the archdiocese have received 119 Blue Ribbon Awards.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Names Greg A. Richmond Superintendent of Schools

A veteran public and charter school leader, Richmond will oversee the nation’s largest private school system
Chicago (July 26, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago announced today the appointment of Greg A. Richmond as superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, effective Aug. 16, 2021. Richmond has dedicated his career to creating innovative school options for families locally and at the state, national, and international levels. He was most recently founder of the Richmond Strategy Group and is a senior fellow at the Future Ed think tank at Georgetown University and a Pahara Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Announces a Return to Near-Pre-Pandemic Operations for the 2021-22 Academic Year

School masses and extracurricular activities such as athletics, music and field trips will resume, other safety protocols remain in place to protect the health and safety of students and staff
Chicago, (July 20, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced updated safety protocols and the intention to return to near-normal, pre-pandemic operations for the upcoming academic year.
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Epiphany Catholic School will Reopen Good Shepherd Catholic School in Little Village for the 2021-2022 school year to Meet the Growing Demand for Early Childhood Education in the Little Village Area

Epiphany intends to restore Good Shepherd’s full, preschool- 8th grade school operation in the future
Chicago, (June 1, 2021) – The Good Shepherd Catholic School building at 2725 S. Kolin Ave. in Little Village will be reopened for the 2021-22 school year to house an expansion of neighboring Epiphany Catholic School’s preschool and kindergarten programs.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Partners with the University of Notre Dame to Launch Early Childhood Language Intensive Core Curriculum in 10 Chicago-Area Schools Next Fall

Preschool teachers and teaching assistants will begin training this summer to develop a curriculum in English and Spanish, Polish or Mandarin Chinese for 3- and 4-Year-Olds
Chicago, (May 11, 2021) –The Archdiocese of Chicago, in partnership with the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame, will launch a pilot program next fall, the Early Childhood Language Intensive Preschool (ECLIP). ECLIP will offer intensive daily core studies instruction in Spanish, Polish or Mandarin Chinese to Pre-K students.
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Archdiocese of Chicago High Students Collaborate and Pledge their Commitments for Racial Justice and Equity in their Schools

Working in partnership with DePaul University, students from 25 Catholic high schools met online with Cardinal Blase Cupich to present their equity challenges and commitments to achieve racial equality
Chicago, (April 27, 2021) – Students from 25 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago came together to address racial inequity in response to the 2020 murder of George Floyd and its aftermath. The students and their faculty advisors, led by faculty experts from DePaul University’s College of Education faculty, presented their ideas for building racial equality along with each school’s commitment to racial justice to Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on Friday, April 16 in an online forum.
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Religious Leaders Unite to Vaccinate Chicago-area Parochial School Educators to Fight COVID-19

Unprecedented interfaith alliance will vaccinate more than 6,300 educators in Chicago and Cook County starting next week.
Chicago – (Feb. 16, 2021) – Leaders of local religious organizations have come together to form the Alliance of Faith Based Schools and work with Chicago and Cook County departments of public health to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to more than 6,300 full-time employees in their schools starting late this week. The alliance includes leaders from the Catholic, Jewish and Lutheran communities, along with city and county officials and the support of Loyola University Medical Center.
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Archdiocese of Chicago to Celebrate its 43rd Annual African American Heritage Prayer Service Virtually

Due to COVID-19, archdiocesan Catholic schools will gather online for four weekly virtual prayer services to honor African American heritage, culture, community and contributions to the Catholic Church.
Chicago, (Feb. 1, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate the 43rd Annual African American Heritage Prayer Service virtually throughout February in a series of prayer service videos every Friday at 10 a.m. Due to the pandemic, Catholic schools around the archdiocese will gather online to pray and celebrate African American heritage, culture, community and contributions to the Church. The theme for this year’s prayer services is We Are Called: Umoja for Black Lives, Justice, and Peace. A link to each prayer service can be found on the archdiocese’s YouTube channel.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools Announces Its Students Maintained Learning Gains Despite COVID-19 Pandemic Challenges

Archdiocesan students did not fall behind in learning according to annual assessment exam
Chicago – (Feb. 1, 2021) – New data from Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools reveals that students have defied the national trend reflecting pandemic-related stagnation and decline in academics. Not only did archdiocese students meet academic expectations by staying on track with their learning, but an overwhelming number of them exceeded learning goals set out by the system’s annual i-Ready assessment exam.
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Archdiocese of Chicago’s Schools Celebrate National Catholic Schools Week 2021 by Rewarding Educators for Their Hard Work During Pandemic

This year’s Catholic Schools Week observance is Jan. 31 through Feb. 6
Chicago – (Jan. 31, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago is pleased to announce that it will reward its educators and school staff for their resolve, ingenuity, dedication and hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic with Gratitude Fund monetary awards during National Catholic Schools Week. The Fund, launched in December 2020, attracted a wide-array of donors, including individuals and corporations, and raised nearly $1.4 million, enough to provide monetary awards to all full- and most part-time educators and staff in the Catholic school system.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools to Close Four Schools and Unite Two Schools at the End of the 2020/2021 Academic School Year

Chicago – (Jan. 21, 2021) – The Archdiocese of Chicago announced today that four Catholic schools will close and two will consolidate operations at the end of this school year, effective June 30, 2021. The schools being closed are Christ Our Savior School in South Holland, Sacred Heart School in Melrose Park, St. Ann School in Lansing and St. Joseph School in Summit. The archdiocese will help families transition to nearby Catholic schools and work to place teachers and staff in open positions across the archdiocese.
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U.S. Department of Education Honors Seven Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Recipients

These awards bring the System’s National Blue Ribbon Awards total to 94.
Chicago – (Sept. 25, 2020) – The Archdiocese of Chicago announced today that seven schools in the archdiocese Catholic school system – St. Andrew School (Chicago), St. Clement School (Chicago), St. Francis Xavier School (La Grange), St. James School (Arlington Heights), St. John of the Cross School (Western Springs), St. Paul of the Cross School (Park Ridge), and School of St. Mary (Lake Forest) – have been recognized this year by the U.S. Department of Education with Blue Ribbon Awards. The National Blue Ribbon Award is presented to schools based on a school’s overall academic excellence or the school’s progress in closing student achievement gaps. In addition, Woodlands Academy (Lake Forest), an independent Catholic school was recognized with a 2020 National Blue Ribbon. Catholic schools in the archdiocese have received 117 Blue Ribbon Awards.
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Archdiocese of Chicago to Host 11th Annual Fore the Kids Golf Outing Honoring Church Responders to COVID-19

Event to be held on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Chicago Highlands Golf Club in Westchester
Chicago - (Aug. 19, 2020) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will host its 11th annual Fore the Kids golf outing at 11:30 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 24, at Chicago Highlands Golf Club in Westchester, Ill. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Office of Catholic Schools and the archdiocese’s Emergency Tuition Assistance Program, which provides aid to economically challenged students, and innovative academic programs. Fore the Kids has raised more than $550,000 over the last five years for emergency tuition assistance and academic innovations.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Announces Reopening Plans for 2020/21 School Year

Sweeping changes being made to reopen school buildings safely for in-person instruction during COVID-19 pandemic
CHICAGO - July 10, 2020 - The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools today released its plans to safely reopen school buildings in the fall. The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark on education in Illinois, but our Catholic schools were praised by families for our ingenuity and creativity in responded to the challenge of providing virtual instruction to our more than 70,000 students.
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Archdiocese of Chicago’s St. Matthias School Recognized as International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

St. Matthias School is the first Catholic school in Illinois to receive the organization’s Primary Years and Middle Years Programme distinctions
Chicago, Ill. (May 13, 2020) – The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced that St. Matthias School has received the prestigious distinction as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP). This adds to the school’s designation as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) for grades six through eight. With both classifications, St. Matthias School is the first Catholic school in the state of Illinois to earn an IB designation for pre-K through eighth grades.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Debut Online E-Learning Videos for Early Childhood Education

Youngest students will have more access to core subject area instruction in two languages starting today
Chicago, Ill. (April 7, 2020) -- The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools today launched a first edition of 20 e-learning videos for preschool and kindergarten students designed to assist families during COVID-19 school closures. Video is an effective learning format, especially for children who have not yet mastered reading. Parents and students can access the videos starting today on the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools’ YouTube Channel.
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Archdiocese of Chicago and Big Shoulders Fund Announce Historic Ten-Year Agreement

$47.5 Million Philanthropic Investment from Big Shoulders Fund Helps Ensure 30 Catholic Schools Will Continue to Serve Chicago’s Communities
Chicago, Ill. (Jan. 29, 2020) – The Archdiocese of Chicago and Big Shoulders Fund today announced a significant step in protecting the future of Catholic education, particularly on Chicago’s south and west sides. The organizations have entered into an agreement that will enable 30 schools serving 5,600 children, their families, and communities to continue to their mission.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Teacher is a 2020 Golden Apple Award Finalist

Archdiocesan teacher and assistant principal Renee Bartley-Bogard, of St. Patricia School in Hickory Hills, is among the finalists for the prestigious award
The Archdiocese of Chicago is proud to announce that Renee Bartley-Bogard, a teacher and assistant principal at St. Patricia School in Hickory Hills, Ill., is a finalist for the 2020 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Bartley-Bogard is one of 30 educators selected as finalists for the prestigious award -- just four percent of a record-setting 732 nominations received from 64 counties in Illinois. Award finalists will be honored on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Golden Apple Celebration of Excellence in Teaching & Leadership celebration at the Q Center in St. Charles, Ill.
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Five Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools will Close at the end of the 2019/2020 Academic School Year

St. Colette School (Rolling Meadows), St. Jane de Chantal School (Chicago), St. Joseph School (Round Lake), St. Louise de Marillac School (La Grange Park) and St. Maria Goretti School (Schiller Park) will close due to low enrollment and financial difficulties
The Archdiocese of Chicago announced today that five Catholic schools will close at the end of this school year (2019/20). The schools – St. Colette School (Rolling Meadows), St. Jane de Chantal School (Chicago), St. Joseph School (Round Lake), St. Louise de Marillac School (La Grange Park) and St. Maria Goretti School (Schiller Park) – will close due to low enrollment and financial difficulties.
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U.S. Department of Education Honors Seven Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Recipients

The Archdiocese of Chicago is the Recipient of the Greatest Number of Blue Ribbon Awards of Any School System – Public and Private – in the Country
The Archdiocese of Chicago announced today that seven of its Catholic schools – Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts (Chicago), St. Athanasius School (Evanston), St. Benedict Preparatory School Elementary (Chicago), Ss. Cyril & Methodius School (Lemont), Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy (Chicago), Old St. Mary's School (Chicago), St. Raymond School (Mount Prospect) – have been recognized this year by the U.S. Department of Education with Blue Ribbon Awards. The National Blue Ribbon Award is presented to schools based on a school’s overall academic excellence or the school’s progress in closing student achievement gaps. The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools have received 109 Blue Ribbon Awards, more than any other school system – public and private – in the country.
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