Award Year: 2019

St. Athanasius School

2510 Ashland Avenue
Evanston, IL, 60201-2319

(847) 864-2650

Mrs. Carol McClay, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Chicago School District

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To provide an unsurpassed Catholic educational opportunity, encourage academic achievement, develop each student's unique talents and gifts, and inspire students to become Christ-like leaders.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 86%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Two or more races: 11%
St. Athanasius Community: fostering peace, justice, and respect for all

St. Athanasius Community: fostering peace, justice, and respect for all

For nearly one hundred years, St. Athanasius School (St. A's) has provided a faith-based education to the children of Evanston, Illinois, and the surrounding area. Initially receiving the National Blue Ribbon School award in 2012, St. A's is honored to be recognized for a second time in 2019.

St. A's offers a rigorous PK-8 learning environment and is committed to developing and celebrating the unique gifts of each individual. Challenging students to academic excellence, nurturing talents and gifts, and cultivating leadership in imitation of Christ inspires everyone involved to dream, to risk and to achieve. St. Athanasius students, nurtured in a joyful, caring community, are encouraged to become self-directed, accountable, and responsible individuals who will make meaningful contributions to society.

St. A's talented faculty and staff dedicate themselves to fostering each student's individual growth. Proactive and comprehensive communication with parents regarding the social, academic, and spiritual development of each student is integral to the school's mission. Faculty, staff, and parents are involved in all aspects of school life and serve as exceptional role models within the community.

The belief that a child's sense of self-worth is enhanced through a personal relationship with God is paramount to the St. A's experience. Students are challenged to live their faith by participating in parish life, serving others, and committing to the ideals of peace, justice, and respect for all. Each student is inspired to live up to the school motto: "Love. Learn. Lead."