National Blue Ribbon Schools

Congratulations to all thirty-nine Catholic elementary and secondary schools recognized as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools!


The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored and recognized great American public and private elementary, middle, and high schools since 1982. Every year, Catholic elementary and secondary schools are among the hundreds of public and private schools identified by the U. S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools. 50 private schools are among the awardees this year and 39 of those were Catholic schools. Each state's commissioner of education nominates public schools for the award and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates the private schools. Representatives from each school are invited to an awards ceremony in November in Washington, D.C. 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. Each of these schools exemplifies the best of Catholic education, and all of us at the National Catholic Educational Association are extremely proud of the efforts of these school communities that led to this tremendous accomplishment.

The NCEA congratulates the following schools in 2019:

District of Columbia

Blessed Sacrament Elementary School
5841 Chevy Chase Parkway NW
Washington, DC 20015-2564
Principal: Mr. Christopher Kelly
Superintendent: William Ryan
Archdiocese of Washington

Saint Peter School, Capitol Hill
422 3rd Street SE
Washington, DC 20003-1930
Principal: Ms. Karen L. Clay, M.Ed.
Superintendent: William Ryan
Archdiocese of Washington

Florida

Espiritu Santo Catholic School
2405A Philippe Parkway
Safety Harbor, FL 34695-2067
Principal: Mrs. Veronica Slain
Superintendent: Chris Pastura
Diocese of St. Petersburg

Georgia

Immaculate Heart of Mary School
2855 Briarcliff Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329-2501
Principal: Mrs. Kellie DesOrmeaux
Superintendent: Dr. Diane Starkovich
Archdiocese of Atlanta

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School
1320 Hearst Drive NE
Atlanta, GA  30319-2711
Principal: Mrs. Lisa Cordell
Superintendent: Dr. Diane Starkovich
Archdiocese of Atlanta
 
Queen of Angels Catholic School
11340 Woodstock Road
Roswell, GA 30075-2548
Principal: Dr. Jamie Arthur
Superintendent: Dr. Diane Starkovich
Archdiocese of Atlanta

Illinois

Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts
1439 W. Wellington Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657-4121
Principal: Dr. Casimer Badynee
Superintendent: Dr. Jim Rigg
Archdiocese of Chicago

Old St. Mary's School
1474 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL  60605-4836
Principal: Mrs. Julie Martin
Superintendent: Dr. Jim Rigg
Archdiocese of Chicago

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy
720 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657-4513
Principal: Mr. Shane P. Staszcuk
Superintendent: Dr. Jim Rigg
Archdiocese of Chicago

Saint Athanasius School
2510 Ashland Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201-2319
Principal: Mrs. Carol McClay
Superintendent: Dr. Jim Rigg
Archdiocese of Chicago

Saint Benedict Preparatory School
3920 N. Leavitt Street
Chicago, IL 60618-3810
Principal: Ms. Rachel Gemo
Superintendent: Dr. Jim Rigg
Archdiocese of Chicago

Saint Raymond School
300 South Elmhurst Avenue
Mount Prospect, IL 60056-3129
Principal: Ms. Mary Eileen Ward
Superintendent: Dr. Jim Rigg
Archdiocese of Chicago

Saints Cyril and Methodius School
607 Sobieski Street
Lemont, IL 60439-4049
Principal: Mrs. Shirley A. Tkachuk
Superintendent: Dr. Jim Rigg
Archdiocese of Chicago

Indiana

Immaculate Heart of Mary School
317 East 57th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220-2517
Principal: Mrs. Ronda Swartz
Superintendent: Gina Fleming
Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Saint Joseph Grade School
216 N. Hill Street
South Bend, IN 46617-2720
Principal: Mr. George Azar
Superintendent: Dr. Joseph Brettnacher
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Saint Maria Goretti School
17104 Spring Mill Road
Westfield, IN 46074-9673
Principal: Mr. Vince Barnes
Superintendent: Dr. Peg Dispenzieri
Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana

Saint Thomas Aquinas School
4600 N. Illinois Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3522
Principal: Ms. Cara Swinefurth
Superintendent: Gina Fleming
Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Kansas

Queen of the Holy Rosary Wea Catholic School
22705 Metcalf Avenue
Bucyrus, KS 66013-9721
Principal: Mr. Nick Antista
Superintendent: Dr. Vincent Cascone
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

Kentucky

Ascension School
4600 Lynbrook Drive
Louisville, KY 40220-1041
Principal: Mr. Terrence Mullaney
Superintendent: Leisa Schulz
Archdiocese of Louisville

Notre Dame Academy
1699 Hilton Drive
Park Hills, KY 41011-2705
Principal: Mr. Jack VonHandorf
Superintendent: Michael Clines
Diocese of Covington

Saint Dominic School
312 West High Street
Springfield, KY 40069-1230
Principal: Mrs. Pam Breunig
Superintendent: Leisa Schulz
Archdiocese of Louisville

Saint Thomas School
428 South Fort Thomas Avenue
Fort Thomas, KY 41075-2295
Principal: Ms. Deborah A. Flamm
Superintendent: Michael Clines
Diocese of Covington

Maryland

Saint Joseph Regional Catholic School
11011 Montgomery Road
Beltsville, MD 20705-2815
Principal: Dr. Janine Bertolotti
Superintendent: William Ryan
Archdiocese of Washington

Saint Raphael School
1513 Dunster Road
Rockville, MD 20854-6154
Principal: Mrs. Teri Dwyer
Superintendent: William Ryan
Archdiocese of Washington

Minnesota

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School
5071 Eden Avenue
Edina, MN 55436-2308
Principal: Mrs. Maureen Trenary
Superintendent: Dr. Jason Slattery
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Mississippi

Saint Patrick Catholic High School
18300 Saint Patrick Road
Biloxi, MS 39532-5239
Principal: Dr. Matt Buckley
Superintendent: Dr. Rhonda Parkinson Clark
Catholic Diocese of Biloxi

Nebraska

Mount Michael Benedictine School
22520 Mount Michael Road
Elkhorn, NE 68022-3401
Principal: Dr. David Peters
Superintendent: Dr. Michael Ashton
Archdiocese of Omaha

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School
15353 Pacific Street
Omaha, NE 68154-2871
Principal: Mr. William Peter Huben
Superintendent: Dr. Michael Ashton
Archdiocese of Omaha

New York

Christian Brothers Academy
6245 Randall Road
Syracuse, NY 13214-2501
Principal: Mr. Matthew Keough
President/CEO: Br. Joseph Jozwlak
The District of Eastern North America (DENA)

Pennsylvania

Cardinal John Foley Regional Catholic School
300 East Eagle Road
Havertown, PA 19083-1621
Principal: Mrs. Mary Ann DeAngelo
Superintendent: Dr. Andrew McLaughlin
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Mary, Mother of the Redeemer School
1321 Upper State Road
North Wales, PA 19454-1007
Principal: Mrs. Denise Green Judge
Superintendent: Dr. Andrew McLaughlin
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Saint Pius X School
204 Lawrence Road
Broomall, PA 19008-3298
Principal: Sister Kathleen Touey
Superintendent: Dr. Andrew McLaughlin
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Saint Thomas the Apostle School
420 Valleybrook Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342-9408
Principal: Mr. John Keeley
Superintendent: Dr. Andrew McLaughlin
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Saints Colman-John Neumann School
372 Highland Lane
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3742
Principal: Mrs. Cathleen Lamberto
Superintendent: Dr. Andrew McLaughlin
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

South Dakota

O'Gorman Junior High School
3100 W. 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-4222
Principal: Mr. Wade Charron
President, Bishop O'Gorman Catholic Schools: Kyle Groos
Diocese of Sioux Falls

St. Katharine Drexel Elementary School
1800 S. Katie Avenue Suite 2
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-4829
Principal: Mrs. Stacy Charron
President, Bishop O'Gorman Catholic Schools: Kyle Groos
Diocese of Sioux Falls

St. Mary School
2000 South 4th Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-3107
Principal: Ms. Michelle Shields
President, Bishop O'Gorman Catholic Schools: Kyle Groos
Diocese of Sioux Falls

Utah

Juan Diego Catholic High School
300 East 11800 South
Draper, UT 84020-9035
Principal: Dr. Galey Colosimo
Superintendent: Mark Longe
Diocese of Salt Lake City

Virginia

St. Francis of Assisi School
18825 Fuller Heights Road
Triangle, VA 22172-2007
Principal: Dr. Tricia Barber
Superintendent: Dr. Joseph Vorbach
Diocese of Arlington
 
More information and an archive of past awardee schools can be found at the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for American Private Education National Blue Ribbon Schools Program websites.