Chantilly's St. Veronica Catholic School has been deemed a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education—one of only two schools in the entire Arlington Diocese to receive the award this year.
Representatives of St. Veronica will be officially receive the award in November during a two-day ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The private school was nominated for National Blue Ribbon status by the Council for American Private Education, said Kendra Turchiarolo, the developmental director for St. Veronica.
Only 50 public and private schools in the nation can receive the status each year. The award is based on overall academic achievement. To be considered, the school must boast standardized tests scores in the nation's top 15 percent.
The department of education also requires blue ribbon candidate schools be open at least five years and be accredited.
St. Veronica was established in 2004 and is accredited through the Virginia Catholic Education Association. The Chantilly school educates students from Kindergarten until eighth grade.
School staff said they celebrate the designation as a community and a school while knowing students and faculty are empowered to pursue excellence in academics through faith and knowledge.
St. Veronica Catholic School is at 3460 B. Centreville Rd. in Chantilly.
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