Dr. Leppert and Principal Kulik will work jointly to submit the formal application to the U.S. Department of Education in March, 2015. The application provides all the pertinent testing data showing G. Kerkstra Elementary students at the top 15 percent in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics of all schools in the State, based on its progress in closing achievement gaps between the school's subgroups and the State's all-student group over a five-year span.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program will review all applications for completeness, quality, and accuracy, over the spring and summer of 2015. In September, 2015, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education will formally announce the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools across America. The National Blue Ribbon School status, once bestowed, is a permanent honor.
For more information, please contact Susan Arvesen at (708) 687-3334.
Forest Ridge School District 142
15000 S. Laramie Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452