29 Sep 2014

CHS Named Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by U.S. Department of Education

For the fifth time in the schoolí´s history, Catholic High School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School.  The announcement was made today by the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  

Catholic High School received the National Blue Ribbon recognition in 1989, 1993, 1998 and 2003, and is one of only three schools in the country to receive this recognition five times.   Catholic High School is one of 50 private schools in the country to receive this recognition for 2014. 

íÍThis is an exciting day for Catholic High as the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students is recognized through this national award,íñ commented CHS Principal Lisa Harvey.  íÍI am proud that we are being recognized not only for the excellent work that takes place in our classrooms, but for the entire educational experience that Catholic High offers to our students. This holistic approach to education focuses on forming our students as Christian men in every aspect of their experience at Catholic High as we embrace and carry on the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.íñ

The U.S. Department of Educationí´s No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Program, originally instituted in 1982, requires schools to meet either of two assessment criteria.  It recognizes íÍExemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools,íñ and it recognizes íÍExemplary High Performing Schools,íñ schools that score in the top 15 percent on state and national assessments.  Catholic High School is being recognized as an íÍExemplary High Performing School.íñ

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

íÍCatholic High School has a long history of educating and forming leaders in the Baton Rouge community,íñ said CHS President Gene Tullier.  íÍExcellence in all areas is a consistent emphasis of Brothers of the Sacred Heart schools.  I am proud and humbled to be a part of such a great tradition, and I am truly excited about this national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence recognition.íñ

Catholic High School was founded in 1894 by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and is in its 121st year.  The mission of CHS is to teach Gospel values in an environment of academic excellence according to Catholic tradition in the spirit of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

Catholic High School and the other 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at a recognition ceremony on November 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C.

The announcement was celebrated with cake in the courtyard for students and a reception for invited guests following the announcement. 

Students and faculty will also be allowed to wear blue jeans to school on Wednesday in celebration of the Blue Ribbon School award.

Blue Ribbon from Jennifer Knight on Vimeo.

Click here to watch the recorded announcement from the U.S. Department of Education.

Click here to see Catholic High’s 2014 Blue Ribbon application submitted to the U.S. Department of Education.