Four Kentucky Catholic Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 201211 Sep

FOUR OF THE FIVE private Kentucky Blue Ribbon Schools are Catholic and we want to congratulate them on achieving this prized designation:

  • Notre Dame Academy – 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011-2796
  • St. James Catholic Regional School – 114 North Miles, Elizabethtown, KY 42701-1535
  • Seton Catholic School – 1740 Summerhill Drive, Lexington, KY 40515-1350
  • St. Henry District High School – 3755 Scheben Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018-3597

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of academic achievement. Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored America’s most successful public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag waving overhead has become a trademark of excellence, a symbol of quality recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. In its 30 year history, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America’s schools.

For a complete list of the schools nationwide click on the link: 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools

To see previous award winners visit this link:  National Blue Ribbon Schools 2003-Present [downloadable files] PDF | Word

We are rightfully proud of the excellent education provided by schools sponsored by our Catholic parishes and institutions. Students find a learning environment infused with Christian values and an atmosphere that reveals the presence of Christ.

ACT College Readiness 2012
The Council for American Private Education reports that recent graduates from a private high school were significantly more likely than graduates of other schools to be ready for college coursework, according to data compiled by ACT, the college admission testing company.

Eighty-three percent of 2012 graduates of religious and independent schools who took the ACT met or surpassed the test’s college readiness benchmark score in English, compared to 64 percent of graduates from public schools. The share of students who met the benchmark scores in other subjects was also higher in private schools (see chart).

The ACT recently released a report titled The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2012, which summarizes the national performance of ACT-tested students. At CAPE’s request, the company compiled comparable data for private school graduates.

Find out more about the ACT report in the September issue of CAPE Outlook, available here for download as a free PDF document.

Graphics: U. S. Department of Education; Council for American Private Education
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