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Nation’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced
Cardinal Newman Society ^ | September 20, 2012

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 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.”

This year’s 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:

California
Saint Augustine Academy, Ventura
Saint Michael’s Preparatory School, Silverado
Saint Monica Academy, Pasadena

Colorado
Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School, Denver

Delaware
Padua Academy, Wilmington

Florida
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School, Southwest Ranches
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami
Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, Ave Maria

Georgia
Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta
Pinecrest Academy, Cummings

Indiana
Saint Joseph High School, South Bend
Saint Theodore Guerin High School, Noblesville

Kentucky
Holy Angels Academy, Louisville

Louisiana
John Paul the Great Academy, Lafayette

Massachusetts
Trivium School, Lancaster

Maryland
Mount de Sales Academy, Catonsville

Michigan
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

Minnesota
Chesterton Academy, Minneapolis
Providence Academy, Plymouth
Saint Agnes School, St. Paul

Missouri
Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau

New York
All Hallows High School, Bronx
Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, Elmhurst
The Montfort Academy, Katonah

Pennsylvania
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

South Carolina
St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Greenville

South Dakota
O’Gorman High School, Sioux Falls

Tennessee
Knoxville Catholic High School, Knoxville
Notre Dame High School, Chattanooga
Saint Cecilia Academy, Nashville

Texas
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

Virginia
Paul VI Catholic High School, Fairfax
Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Dumfries
Seton School, Manassas

Wisconsin
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


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholicschools; highschools; schools; top10

1 posted on 09/24/2012 5:35:38 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter
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To: Straight Vermonter

my daughter is Director of Admissions in one of these schools in Ma.


2 posted on 09/24/2012 5:43:49 AM PDT by brivette
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping


3 posted on 09/24/2012 5:44:48 AM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Detroit C.C. Class of ‘78-’82. :)


4 posted on 09/24/2012 5:53:54 AM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: MotorCityBuck

We scrimmaged with CC in Detroit 55-58. I went to St. Mary of Redford.


5 posted on 09/24/2012 5:57:48 AM PDT by Ax
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To: Straight Vermonter

There will be suicides in New Orleans, I didn’t see Jesuit.


6 posted on 09/24/2012 5:58:10 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Straight Vermonter

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.


7 posted on 09/24/2012 5:58:21 AM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: Straight Vermonter

Surprised there aren’t any Catholic High Schools from the Toledo, Ohio area—St. John’s Jesuit. St. Ursula, Notre Dame...


8 posted on 09/24/2012 6:08:57 AM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10
Suprised also. My Father Graduated from Central Catholic H.S.Back in the 50’s.
9 posted on 09/24/2012 6:21:06 AM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: Ax

Cool. The schedule sure has changed over the years.


10 posted on 09/24/2012 6:22:41 AM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

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.


11 posted on 09/24/2012 6:26:38 AM PDT by Melpomene (Proud member of the Who Dat nation.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Pope John Paul the Great in Dumfries VA is brand new. Glad to see it doing well so fast.

Also, I went to Cathedral Prep in Elmhurst NY way back when. I think Pius IX had just convoked Vatican I... :0)

12 posted on 09/24/2012 6:28:55 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: Straight Vermonter

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!


13 posted on 09/24/2012 6:40:35 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: Straight Vermonter

My school Allentown Central Catholic in Allentown, Pennsylvania did not make the list....darn. I thought it was a pretty decent school.


14 posted on 09/24/2012 6:51:18 AM PDT by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Straight Vermonter

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.


15 posted on 09/24/2012 7:00:17 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: COBOL2Java

I am from Elmhurst. Elmhurst Avenue. A bit of a walk.


16 posted on 09/24/2012 7:59:38 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
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.

17 posted on 09/24/2012 8:10:33 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: Straight Vermonter

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.


18 posted on 09/24/2012 8:17:09 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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To: Straight Vermonter; All

Read this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2935472/posts


19 posted on 09/24/2012 8:25:46 AM PDT by goldi
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To: COBOL2Java

Those were great with mustard. :)


20 posted on 09/24/2012 8:53:21 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Straight Vermonter

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


21 posted on 09/24/2012 10:13:51 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Straight Vermonter

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).


22 posted on 09/24/2012 5:27:03 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Melpomene

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.


23 posted on 09/25/2012 10:07:27 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: MotorCityBuck

CC class of ‘03 here.


24 posted on 09/25/2012 10:15:09 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: ConservativeTeen
Cool. Did you graduate from the Location in Redford, or the the new Novi location.? Back in the day we used to refer to Breakfast Dr. as Saigon rd. The potholes we big enough to lose a F-150! LOL.
25 posted on 09/26/2012 6:20:22 AM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: MotorCityBuck

We were still in Redford when I graduated, but construction had begun on their new (and much nicer) facility.


26 posted on 09/26/2012 8:42:35 AM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

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.


27 posted on 09/26/2012 11:19:57 AM PDT by Melpomene (Proud member of the Who Dat nation.)
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