Both Schools Receive Top Designations From State

Blue Ribbon


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.

Lake Bluff Elementary School has received the designation of Exemplary and Lake Bluff Middle School has received the designation of Commendable.  This means that the schools have no underperforming groups (i.e. students with disabilities, English learners, students from low income backgrounds) and LBES is 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, science assessments, climate surveys, and student growth to proficiency on English Language measures.

The District is now in the second year of 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.

You can learn more about the school designations at and about Lake Bluff Elementary School District’s current performance at