St. Francis High School is a National Blue Ribbon School!

What is a Blue Ribbon School?

The National Blue Ribbon School Award is the U.S. Department of Education’s highest honor based on superior academic achievement and the implementation of a highly successful, multi-faceted school culture.
St. Francis High School was named a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School with the designation of Exemplary High-Performing School in September 2023.

Only 1% of schools have an active Blue Ribbon Award and 353 schools received the award in 2023.

As of 2023, St. Francis High School is…
  • The only high school in Wheaton, public or private, to ever receive a Blue Ribbon
  • The only Catholic high school in the western suburbs to ever receive a Blue Ribbon
  • One of three Catholic high schools in Illinois with an active blue ribbon
We are also the only school to be named a Microsoft Showcase School and National Blue Ribbon School in the same year.
While public schools are nominated by state officials, private schools must self-nominate and complete an extensive application. The application must include a compelling narrative of school culture, student and faculty engagement, professional development, community partnership, and focus on student leadership that is reviewed by a third-party organization before submission to the U.S. Department of Education

All National Blue Ribbon Schools are featured on the U.S. Department of Education website, where you can read our full application and view our National Blue Ribbon School Profile. Click here to visit the NBRS U.S. Department of Education webpage 

Secretary Miguel Cardona Congratulates 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools
The leaders, educators, and staff at our National Blue Ribbon Schools continually inspire me with their dedication to fostering academic excellence and building positive school cultures that support students of all backgrounds to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

Miguel Cardona
U.S. Secretary of Education
This extremely competitive and prestigious award is a testament to the tradition of excellence our school has prided itself on for more than 65 years.

Phil Kerr
This award demonstrates the dedication of our faculty and staff, students, and families. We are extremely proud of our school community and will continue on our mission of providing a high-quality Catholic education to all students.

Raeann Huhn

St. Francis High School