2014 National Blue Ribbon School

The Charlottesville Catholic School was recognized on September 30th by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, as a National Blue Ribbon School for academic excellence. Only 50 private schools across the country are awarded this honor annually. Charlottesville Catholic School is the only school in the Greater Charlottesville area, and in the Richmond Diocese, to receive this recognition for 2014. In addition, this is the second time that Charlottesville Catholic School has been recognized with this achievement for academic excellence.

Secretary Duncan made this announcement live via the U.S. Department of Education’s USTREAM channel at 1:30 pm on Sept. 30th and was viewed by recognized principals, teachers, and students assembled across the country. You can view the recorded announcement on the Department’s UStream channel link above.

The U.S. Department of Education will honor Charlottesville Catholic School, along with 287 public and 49 additional private schools, at a recognition ceremony on November10th and 11th in Washington, D.C. In its 32-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on just under 7,900 of America’s schools. Schools are only allowed to apply for this prestigious award once every five years, and all private schools must be nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) to be eligible to apply.

All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates. Charlottesville Catholic School was recognized in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels. All private schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools must be in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high levels.

Specifically, for the 2013-2014 award year, the U.S. Department of Education strengthened the focus of both categories’ performance criteria around subgroups within a school and improving graduation rates for all students.

The Charlottesville Catholic School would like to thank their faculty, staff, students, families, and supporters for their dedication and support of the lofty academic goals they have set for their students, and are proud of their students for their excellent achievements recognized by Secretary Duncan today!

There will be a celebration of the November 10th and 11th National Blue Ribbon awards ceremony on November 14th at the Charlottesville Catholic School for students and faculty. More information will be posted here as we get closer!

Check out our page on the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools website.