Catholic Schools Win 44 of 49 Non-Public National Blue Ribbon School Desginations

Coveted school award acknowledges extraordinary accomplishments of Catholic schools

By Barb Szyszkiewicz

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the winners of the 2018 National Blue Ribbon School designation, and Catholic schools make up the vast majority of the non-public schools receiving this prestigious award.

Today’s Catholic Teacher extends sincere congratulations to the many Catholic schools honored this year as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

According to the Department of Education,

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still striving for excellence. Now in its 36th year, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on more than 8,800 schools.

Nearly 90 percent of the non-public schools receiving this designation this year were Catholic Schools, notes Catholic News Agency.

NCEA President/CEO Thomas W. Burnford commented,

“As Catholic schools work toward the common mission of integrating knowledge with faith in the lives of young people, the honor of being named a National Blue Ribbon School reaffirms their excellence and showcases these schools as extraordinary communities. It is with great joy that we celebrate and witness these schools’ noteworthy accomplishments.”

As the National Catholic Education Association observed,

This award is a great tribute to the dedication of faculties who clearly value academic excellence, as well as to the commitment of students who strive to succeed to the best of their ability.

View the full list of non-public National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018.

Learn how your school can apply for designation as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2019.

Today’s Catholic Teacher also offers a unique award for schools: our Innovations in Catholic Education Award. Find out how to nominate your school.

Barb Szyszkiewicz is editor at and managing editor of Today’s Catholic Teacher.

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