Two Archdiocesan Schools Win National Blue Ribbon Honors

Our Lady of Victory School in the District and St. Andrew Apostle School in Silver Spring are among only 50 private schools nationwide to be recognized

October 02, 2007

Two Archdiocese of Washington elementary schools have received the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Award in recognition of their academic achievement as two of America’s most successful schools.

The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors private and public K-12 schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. This year the special area of emphasis for the Blue Ribbon Program is reading or English. Our Lady of Victory and St. Andrew Apostle schools have excellent reading programs. They also rank in the top 10% of schools in the nation in both reading and math and went through a rigorous application process to receive their Blue Ribbons.

Both schools are celebrating with balloons, banners, singing, blue food and fun with special visits by Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl and Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Superintendent Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill:

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
Our Lady of Victory School
4755 Whitehaven Parkway, NW 20007
Visit by Archbishop Wuerl
Media tour available following announcement

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
St. Andrew Apostle School
11602 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring, 20902
Visit by Superintendent Weitzel-O’Neill
Media tour available following announcement

Our Lady of Victory School, the first Catholic elementary school in the District to receive a Blue Ribbon, will kick off the festivities at 8:15 a.m. with an all-school gathering and visit by Archbishop Wuerl.

St. Andrew Apostle School will follow at 10:30 a.m. with its school celebration. It is being honored for the second time, having first received the Blue Ribbon in 1989. Faced with dramatically changing demographics over the past three years, the faculty and staff at St. Andrew Apostle School have focused on broadening classroom instruction and teaching strategies that benefit students from all backgrounds, while maintaining consistently high test scores. Forty-one percent of students at St. Andrew Apostle School are non-white and many are first-generation Americans or from other countries.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 106 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, including 88 elementary and special education schools, educating nearly 32,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland. Catholic school information is online at

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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