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October 25, 2010

50 Top Catholic High Schools Honored for 2010

The Action Institute, an independent international research and educational organization, has named in its biennial selection of 50 Top Catholic High Schools in the United States. The Institute lists as the primary goal of the Catholic High School Honor Roll "to acknowledge those schools that maintain high academic standards, uphold their Catholic identities, and prepare their students to actively engage the world."

The Honor Roll is produced in consultation with an advisory board comprised of Catholic college presidents and scholars. Advisory board member Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, President of Catholic University of America, said of the process: “Catholic schools must examine themselves on a regular basis using a well-rounded approach that assesses adherence to the Church’s educational calling. The Honor Roll strengthens schools by encouraging high standards and vibrant Catholicism.”

Congratulations to the 50 high schools honored for 2010 and the ten other schools named for honorable mention.


Seton Catholic Preparatory High School Chandler


Saint Augustine Academy Ventura

Saint Michael's Preparatory School Silverado


Holy Family High School Broomfield


Saint Thomas More Preparatory School Magnolia

Salesianum School Wilmington


Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School Ft. Lauderdale

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Miami

Bishop Verot Catholic High School Fort Myers

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Ft. Lauderdale


Holy Spirit Preparatory School Atlanta

Pinecrest Academy Cumming


Beckman High School Dyersville

Wahlert Catholic High School Dubuque


Saint Joseph's High School South Bend

Saint Theodore Guerin High School Noblesville


Mount Carmel Academy New Orleans


Trivium School Lancaster


Mount de Sales Academy Catonsville


Father Gabriel Richard High School Ann Arbor

Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School Grand Rapids

Saint Francis High School Traverse City

West Catholic High School Grand Rapids


Providence Academy Plymouth


Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City

Notre Dame Regional High School Cape Girardeau

Springfield Catholic High School Springfield

St. Pius X High School Kansas City

St. Vincent High School Perryville


Saint Patrick Catholic High School Biloxi


Billings Central Catholic High School Billings

New York

All Hallows High School Bronx

Cathedral Preparatory Seminary Elmhurst


Aquinas Academy Gibsonia

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Ebensburg

Oakland Catholic High School Pittsburgh

Saint Joseph High School Natrona Heights

South Carolina

Saint Joseph's Catholic School Greenville

South Dakota

O'Gorman High School Sioux Falls


Notre Dame High School Chattanooga

Saint Cecilia Academy Nashville


Antonian College Preparatory High School San Antonio

Bishop T. K. Gorman Catholic School Tyler

Saint Thomas High School Houston

Sacred Heart Catholic High School Muenster

Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School Fort Worth

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory Houston

The Highlands School Irving


Catholic Memorial High School Waukesha

Xavier High School Appleton

Honorable Mention
The honorable mention lists include the top performing schools that did not place on the overall Top 50 list. There are six schools listed for each of the three criteria that the Honor Roll examines.

Saint Joseph High School Lakewood, CA
Christopher Columbus High School Miami, FL
St. John Villa Academy High School Staten Island, NY
Dominican Academy New York, NY
The Lyceum Cleveland, OH
Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School Oklahoma City, OK

Catholic Identity
Pope John Paul II Academy Lafayette, LA
Monsignor Hackett Catholic Central Kalamazoo, MI
Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School East Syracuse, NY
Quigley Catholic High School Baden, PA
Greensburg Central Catholic High School Greensburg, PA
Faustina Academy Irving, TX

Civic Education
Saint Monica Academy Pasadena, CA
Saint Joseph Academy San Marcos, CA
Cardinal Gibbons High School Fr. Lauderdale, FL
Ladywood High School Livonia, MI
Holy Cross Academy Oneida, NY
Saint Thomas More High School Rapid City, MO

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