Lake Bluff Schools Receive Top Designations From State


The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today released designations for every school in the state.  The designations provide a public benchmark of each school’s progress toward the goal of preparing all students for success in college and career.  Each school receives one of four designations: Exemplary, Commendable, Underperforming, or Lowest-Performing. Schools in the the Lowest-Performing or Underperforming will receive additional federal funding and participate in the collaborative, school-led IL-EMPOWER improvement process.

Both Lake Bluff Elementary School and Lake Bluff Middle School received the Exemplary designation meaning that the schools have no underperforming subgroups and are in the top ten percent of all schools in the state.  Unlike past ratings, this rating is inclusive of student growth benchmarks, student achievement, rates of chronic absenteeism, climate surveys, and student growth to proficiency on English Language measures.

Lake Bluff Elementary School Principal, Margaret St. Claire commented, “this designation is the result of the hard work we do with our students on a daily basis to make sure every student gets to school and is ready to learn.  It’s a whole school effort and our students and staff have much to be proud of.” Her counterpart at Lake Bluff Middle School, Nathan Blackmer, noted, “student learning is at the center of our work as a school community and as a district.  I’m proud of our staff for helping to bring our vision of ‘excellence in education for every student’ to life.”

The District has embarked on an ambitious five year strategic plan to support student learning, community partnerships, staff climate, financial stability, and communications.  The plan supports student growth and achievement by bringing in evidence-based practices in all areas of the curricular program with a focus on high achieving students and those in the subgroups.  Learn more about the school designations at this link (link opens in a new window) and about Lake Bluff Elementary School District’s current performance at