For the fifth year, The Catholic High School Honor Roll, an independent project of the Acton Institute, an international research and educational organization, recently announced its best 50 secondary schools.

This year nearly 300 of the approximately 1,300 Catholic high schools completed the three detailed surveys that measure a school’s adherence to the Church’s educational mission. Each school also receives an evaluation to see how it compares to other schools nationwide.

The best schools demonstrate a balanced excellence, which includes an active Catholic culture, sound college preparation and integration of Church teaching in all departments. These schools also display sound moral, catechetical and civic formation that prepares students for vocations in the world as political, religious, scientific, and business leaders .Here is a list of the top fifty schools. Other category leaders in academics, Catholic identity, and civic education are were also named.

The news of Catholic High Schools being chosen for this honor is circulating through local and national media. Here is one story from the Indianpolis Star on the success of St. Theodore Guerin High School in Nobelsville, Indiana. Please feel free to use the comment section below to link other news stories as they appear on schools in your area.

Congratulations to all!


Holy Rosary Academy


J. Serra Catholic High School

Saint Augustine Academy

Saint Joseph Academy

Saint Michael’s Prepatory School


Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School


Saint Thomas More Preparatory School

Salesianum School


Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School

Christopher Columbus Catholic High School


Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Pinecrest Academy


Brother Rice High School

Northridge Preparatory School for Boys

The Willows Academy


Saint Joseph’s High School

Saint Theodore Guerin High School


Holy Angels Academy


Trivium School


Mount de Sales Academy


Catholic Central High School

Father Gabriel Richard High School

Lake Michigan Catholic High School

Notre Dame Preparatory School

Saint Francis High School

West Catholic High School


Providence Academy


Gateway Academy

Notre Dame Regional High School

North Carolina

Saint Thomas More Academy

New York

All Hallows High School

Cathedral Preparatory Seminary

The Montfort Academy


Cardinal Stritch High School


Aquinas Academy

Saint Joseph High School

South Carolina

Saint Joseph’s Catholic School

South Dakota

O’Gorman High School


Knoxville Catholic High School

Saint Cecilia Academy


Antonian College Preparatory High School

Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School

Saint Thomas High School

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory

The Atonement Academy

The Highlands School


Aquinas High School

McDonell Central Catholic High School

Xavier High School