Skip to comments.Nation’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced
Posted on 09/24/2012 5:35:34 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter
Today, September 20, 2012, the winners of the 2012-2013 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition were announced by The Cardinal Newman Society. Since 2004, the Honor Roll has recognized excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civic education at Catholic high schools across the United States.
The top 50 schools are recognized for overall excellence, and other schools receive honors for special recognition in particular categories. This year seven schools were recognized for excellence in Catholic identity, six schools for academics, five schools for civic education, and five schools for two of the three categories.
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, said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. The Honor Roll schools are a reminder that Catholic education is getting better every daynot only academically, but in the renewal of Catholic identityand we are delighted to see the increased level of competition among the schools that participated in the program this year.
This years top 50 Honor Roll schools are diverse: large and small, new and long-established, both highly selective and open enrollment admissions policies, and high and low 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 top 50 schools are located in 21 states, with Pennsylvania having the highest number of honorees with seven schools, followed by Texas with six and Michigan with five.
Archbishop Edward McCarthy High School in Florida is the largest school with 1,489 students. St. Ignatius College Preparatory School and Faustina Academy, both in Texas, are the smallest schools with 48 students each.
The Catholic High School Honor Roll was created by The Acton Institute in 2004. The Cardinal Newman Society assumed the program this year, consistent with its mission of helping Catholic families and promoting faithful Catholic education.
Top 50 Catholic High Schools for excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civics education:
Saint Augustine Academy, Ventura
Saint Michaels Preparatory School, Silverado
Saint Monica Academy, Pasadena
Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School, Denver
Padua Academy, Wilmington
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School, Southwest Ranches
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami
Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, Ave Maria
Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta
Pinecrest Academy, Cummings
Saint Joseph High School, South Bend
Saint Theodore Guerin High School, Noblesville
Holy Angels Academy, Louisville
John Paul the Great Academy, Lafayette
Trivium School, Lancaster
Mount de Sales Academy, Catonsville
Detroit Catholic Central High School, Novi
Everest Collegiate High School, Clarkston
Father Gabriel Richard High School, Ann Arbor
Saint Francis High School, Traverse City
West Catholic High School, Grand Rapids
Chesterton Academy, Minneapolis
Providence Academy, Plymouth
Saint Agnes School, St. Paul
Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau
All Hallows High School, Bronx
Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, Elmhurst
The Montfort Academy, Katonah
Aquinas Academy, Gibsonia
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg
Geibel Catholic Middle-High School, Connellsville
Oakland Catholic High School, Pittsburgh
Quigley Catholic High School, Baden
Saint Joseph High School, Natrona Heights
Serra Catholic High School, McKeesport
St. Josephs Catholic School, Greenville
OGorman High School, Sioux Falls
Knoxville Catholic High School, Knoxville
Notre Dame High School, Chattanooga
Saint Cecilia Academy, Nashville
Bishop T. K. Gorman Regional Catholic School, Tyler
Faustina Academy, Irving
Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Muenster
Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School, Fort Worth
The Atonement Academy, San Antonio
The Highlands School, Irving
Paul VI Catholic High School, Fairfax
Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Dumfries
Seton School, Manassas
Xavier High School, Appleton
Catholic high schools awarded Special Recognition in one or two Honor Roll categories:
Excellence in Catholic Identity and Civic Education
Holy Cross Academy, Oneida, NY
Holy Rosary Academy, Anchorage, AK
Saint Joseph Academy, San Marcos, CA
Excellence in Academics and Civic Education
Marquette Catholic High School, Alton, IL
Notre Dame Preparatory School, Pontiac, MI
Excellence in Catholic Identity
Antonian College Preparatory High School, San Antonio, TX
Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, IL
John Paul II High School, Corpus Christi, TX
Pius X High School, Lincoln, NE
Pope John XXIII High School, Katy, TX
Salesianium School, Wilmington, DE
The Lyceum, South Euclid, OH
Excellence in Academics
Beckman High School, Dyersville, IA
Holy Family High School, Broomfield, CO
Rosati-Kain High School, St. Louis, MO
St. John Vianney High School, St. Louis, MO
St. Pius X Catholic High School, Atlanta, GA
The Aquinas Institute, Rochester, NY
Excellence in Civic Education
Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis, IN
Cardinal Gibbons High School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Catholic Memorial High School, Waukesha, WI
Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, LA
Nouvel Catholic Central High School, Saginaw, MI
my daughter is Director of Admissions in one of these schools in Ma.
Detroit C.C. Class of ‘78-’82. :)
We scrimmaged with CC in Detroit 55-58. I went to St. Mary of Redford.
There will be suicides in New Orleans, I didn’t see Jesuit.
My children went to Mt St Charles in RI. Too bad they didn’t give an award for excellence in hockey. All kidding aside I was very satisfied with their overall educational experience there. Well worth the money not to have them in a public school.
Surprised there aren’t any Catholic High Schools from the Toledo, Ohio area—St. John’s Jesuit. St. Ursula, Notre Dame...
Cool. The schedule sure has changed over the years.
LOL! My husband went to Jesuit, and I can already hear his excuses for why they did not make the list, but Mount Carmel (horror!) has a mention.
Also, I went to Cathedral Prep in Elmhurst NY way back when. I think Pius IX had just convoked Vatican I... :0)
I wonder how the Cardinal Newman Society defines “civic education” and why there weren’t any schools that merited recognition in Catholic identity AND academics out of the ones that were recognized in two categories. Of the two schools with “Aquinas” in their names, one was recognized in all three categories and the other was recognized in academics. St. Thomas, pray for us!
My school Allentown Central Catholic in Allentown, Pennsylvania did not make the list....darn. I thought it was a pretty decent school.
Sure wish I lived closer to The Highlands (and that my job was closer). Dang good school. But JPII in Plano is close by and even though it didn’t make this list, I am impressed by what I’ve heard/read about the school. Now I just hope I can afford to send my kids there.
I am from Elmhurst. Elmhurst Avenue. A bit of a walk.
I used to take a bus from Ridgewood to Broadway and Justice Ave. I think it was 5 cents with my student bus pass. I remember a deli on Broadway that had good knishes.
Detroit Catholic Central class of 1974 here.
But back then, it was in a more humble setting, not the multi-million dollar complex it is in now.
Lots of well-to-do alumni out there.
Those were great with mustard. :)
While its not on the list, I have always thought my Catholic high school was one of the best. They were even able to teach a few things to a very indifferent student.
Bishop England High School, Charleston, SC
Class of 1970
The rankings seem to be more associated with adherence to Catholic dogma/doctrine than academics. I noticed a dearth of Jesuit and Ursuline schools on that list - two orders that don’t always toe the line with the Mother Church. My wife is from KY, grew up in the Catholic school system in Louisville and had never heard of “Holy Angels Academy”. Yet none of the prominent Catholic girls schools (such as Sacred Heart Academy and Assumption) are on the list. Neither is St.X (boys school).
Like your screen name, the only way it could be better if it was CLIO or as some of the locals say CL TEN street.
CC class of ‘03 here.
We were still in Redford when I graduated, but construction had begun on their new (and much nicer) facility.
Thanks. I *almost* picked CL-10, but it takes too much effort to explain on message boards. I had also just started riding in Muses, so that sort of tipped the scale.