Two Texas Catholic schools earned the prestigious Blue Ribbon School award from the U.S. Department of Education for their academic excellence and high student achievement levels.
St. Thomas Aquinas in Dallas and St. Anthony of Padua in the Woodlands, both Catholic elementary schools, joined only 16 other Texas schools and 267 schools nationwide in achieving this esteemed designation.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of academic achievement. A total of 417 schools may be nominated for the award, and nominations are received from top education officials in every state. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) is responsible for nominating private schools. A list of all of this year’s winners can be found online here.
“We are very proud of all the Catholic schools in the State of Texas. This special recognition by the U.S. Department of Education validates the high standards and expectations found in our schools,” said Texas Catholic Conference Director of Education Margaret McGettrick.
The Texas Catholic Conference Education Department operates as a component of the Texas Catholic Conference, the association of the 15 Roman Catholic dioceses of the State of Texas and is the official public policy voice of the Bishops of Texas. For more information on the Texas Catholic Conference, visit www.TXCatholic.org.