NDP Administrators Accept Blue Ribbon Award in DC

Notre Dame Preparatory president Jill Platt and principal Dr. Gene Sweeney accepted the 2022 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award from the Department of Education on Friday, Nov. 4 in Washington, D.C.

Notre Dame Prep is the only high school in Arizona to receive the National Blue Ribbon Award this year and one of only five Catholic schools nationwide. NDP was selected for academic excellence and the school's commitment to academic inclusion with programs in place for many types of learners. 

Platt and Sweeney flew to the nation’s capital along with other NDP administrators for the award presentation at the Washington Hilton. 

"The receipt of this award is a credit to all of our faculty, staff, students, religious personnel, and parents," Dr. Sweeney said. "Together, we have created a culture of excellence and an expectation of continuous improvement," he added.


Preparing the application to be considered for the National Blue Ribbon School Award took several months and the coordinated efforts of faculty, staff and administrators from NDP, including Dr. Sweeney, assistant principal for student learning Tracey Heisler, teachers Tracy McBride and Jan Carteaux, staffers Sydney Glenn, Kim Haub and Pauline Zaro.

"The National Blue Ribbon Award is a symbol of teaching and learning excellence, and it affirms the hard work of our educators and students," Heisler said. "I am so proud of our school."

A school that earns the National Blue Ribbon Award maintains the title for five years. After that time, a new application must be submitted to be considered for another five-year award. This was the first time NDP applied for the award, and it won't be the last, according to Dr. Sweeney.

Dr. Sweeney and Mrs. Platt, along with a committee made up of community leaders, school parents, alumni, faculty and staff members recently completed a strategic plan for the continued excellence of school operations and their outcomes.

"It is an honor to be in the same company of many elite schools in the country and to have the opportunity to share stories and ideas," Mrs. Platt said. "It was an extraordinary and truly blessed day for Notre Dame Prep."