Congratulations to the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools!

Notre Dame – Cathedral Latin School (9 – 12) in Chardon, Ohio and St. Joseph School (K-8) in Cold Spring, Kentucky have joined the ranks of National Blue Ribbon Schools! Chosen for the honor in 2018, NDCL and St. Joseph are in good company with twelve other schools with the SND National Education Network who earned the designation in prior years:

Clearwater Central Catholic High School Clearwater, FL
La Reina Middle School & High School Thousand Oaks, CA
Lial Catholic School Whitehouse, OH
Metro Catholic School Cleveland, OH
Notre Dame Academy Los Angeles, CA
Notre Dame Academy Park Hills, KY
Notre Dame Academy Toledo, OH
Notre Dame Elementary School Chardon, OH
Our Lady of Victory School Washington, D.C.
St. Agnes School Fort Wright, KY
St. Columban School Loveland, OH
St. Jude Catholic School Fort Wayne, IN

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program “recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.” Given by the U. S. Department of Education, the National Blue Ribbon is a celebration of the hard work of administrators, faculty, students and families in their pursuit of academic excellence.

Non-public schools nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • That the achievement of the school’s students in the most recent year tested places the school in the top 15 percent in the nation in reading (or English language arts) and mathematics as measured by a nationally normed test or in the top 15 percent of its state as measured by a state test. If a non-public school administers both state tests and nationally normed tests, the school must be in the top 15 percent in both.
  • Disaggregated results for student groups, including students from disadvantaged backgrounds, must be similar to the results for all students tested.
  • The graduation rate for non-public high schools must be 95% or higher in the most recent year.

Kudos to the Notre Dame – Cathedral Latin School and St. Joseph School communities for a job very well done!