Updated: June 13, 2013 5:32PM
The Kruse Education Center in Orland Park received the Academic Award of Excellence for 2012.
Principal Carey Radde, staff and students have been honored by the Illinois State Board of Education for outstanding school performance for the second year in a row.
The award is granted annually by the state board in conjunction with Northern Illinois University, to recognize exemplary academic accomplishments of Illinois public schools.
The award is presented to those schools that met Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks in 2011 and 2012 as required by the federal No Child Left Behind act and have 90 percent of the student population having met or exceeded state standards in both reading and mathematics for the past three consecutive years.
In 2012, 454 Illinois public schools earned this recognition.
Community Consolidated School District 146 Supt. Jeff Stawick credits the highly dedicated staff and extremely supportive community.
“The approval of the resolution was a formal recognition by the BOE of the Kruse Education Center. The staff and students at Kruse truly deserve this recognition, as well as the parents that are so committed to excellence in education,” Stawick said.
Kruse Education Center is a prekindergarten to fifth grade school with an enrollment of nearly 350 students from Tinley Park, Orland Park and Oak Forest.