Thankful To Be A School Of Excellence

The Cardinal Newman Society included St. Joseph’s Catholic School on its most recent list of schools recognized nationally by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a 2014 School of Excellence (formerly known as the Top 50 Award).  Since 2004, the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States.

The purpose of the Honor Roll is to recognize and encourage excellence in Catholic education. Catholic high schools are motivated to incorporate the Catholic faith into all teaching and activities and to prepare students for lifelong service to God and mankind.  The 2014 Honor Roll schools are diverse: large and small, new and long-established, highly selective and those with open enrollment admissions policies, as well as a variety of tuition rates. The common trait is an institutional commitment to providing a truly integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities.

“The great thing about the School of Excellence recognition is that it takes into account how St. Joseph’s is doing across the board,” said SJCS Academic Dean Steven Jones. “This is not an indication that we’re doing one or two things really well, but rather that we are operating at a high level with regard to our entire mission of forming the hearts, minds, and souls of our students. The fact that we have once again been affirmed by the Cardinal Newman Society really represents the hard work of everyone connected to St. Joe’s—teachers, students, and administrators alike.”

Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are noted by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs, as well as academic excellence. Seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a 2014 School of Excellence, and an additional nine received the distinction of Honorable Mention. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.

“Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school education,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society. “The Honor Roll schools are a reminder that Catholic education is getting better every day—not only academically, but in the renewal of Catholic identity—and we are delighted to see the increased level of competition among the schools that participated in the program this year.”

The Acton Institute founded the Catholic High School Honor Roll in 2004. The Cardinal Newman Society assumed control of the program in 2012, consistent with its mission of helping Catholic families and promoting faithful Catholic education.

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