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Nation's Top 50 Catholic High Schools Named

10/20/2004 - 12:00 AM PST

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Catholic PRWire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 20, 2004) - The Catholic High School Honor Roll today announced the selection of the best 50 secondary schools in America. The first annual Honor Roll, which will serve as an invaluable resource for students, parents and benefactors, recognizes the nation's top 50 high schools based on their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, Catholic identity, and civic education.

Honor Roll schools ranged from the 23-student Holy Rosary Academy in Anchorage, Alaska, to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a school with 2,100 students. The state of Illinois, with seven schools selected, led the way, followed by Texas (5) and New York and Ohio (4 each). In all, schools from 25 states made the Honor Roll. To see a complete list of the schools, please go to the Catholic High School Honor Roll Web site at

Advisory board member Gerard Bradley, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, said the Honor Roll will serve as a benchmark for all who are seeking an education informed by faith. "It draws attention to schools that are contributing in extraordinary ways to the moral and intellectual formation of young people," he said.

The primary goal of the Honor Roll is to encourage schools to educate their students as effectively as possible, in a way that integrates Catholic faith and prepares students for active engagement with the world. In addition to the Top 50 list, the Honor Roll also published the top 20 finalists in three categories that are important to overall excellence: academics, Catholic identity, and civic education.

Strength in each of the three areas was key to placing on the Honor Roll, according to the project's director, Dr. Kevin Schmiesing. "There are Jesuit, Dominican, diocesan, and independent schools on this list," he said. "It reflects the diversity of Catholicism in the United States. What is common to all of the schools is outstanding commitment to the educational mission of the Church."

The Catholic High School Honor Roll is an independent project of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty, an international research and educational organization based in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Honor Roll was produced in consultation with a national advisory board comprised of Catholic college presidents and noted Catholic scholars. For more on Acton, please go to

CHS Honor Roll 161 Ottawa NW, Suite 301 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Phone (616) 454-3080 Fax (616) 454-9454

The Catholic High School Honor Roll is an independent project of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty.


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1 - 10 of 10 Comments

  1. Richard Nye
    4 years ago

    Very interesting article. Question? Would a high school like Veritas Christi High School soon to be an independent Catholic high school for special needs students ever have a chance of making the honor roll list? Richard Nye, Head of School

  2. Austin
    5 years ago

    How is Jesuit High School of New Orleans not on this list? Every year they boast 35+ National Merit Semifinalists, average $65,000 in scholariships per person, have an unbelievable college attendance, and hold the second most number of sports' championships in Louisiana. Sorry but they demolish Strake Jesuit any day of the week. Poor list.

  3. emma
    6 years ago

    actually i think St. Anthony's is the top highschool in new york state.

  4. Paul Larson
    6 years ago

    This list is very questionable. As with other comments, I can not see how Regis High School in New York is not number one, nevermind not in the top 50. In regards to New York, not seeing Regis High School, Xavier High School, and Fordham Prep on this list makes me think this list is not very accurate. I would take these three high schools against anyone on this list.

  5. Vin
    6 years ago

    I found out that unless a school asks to be listed, they are not considered for the listing. That is why Regis H.S., NYC isn't listed. Their administration never asked to be included.

  6. Rob
    6 years ago

    you guys are missing the point... its not only about the education. check the chshonor website on their scoring methods.

  7. Bill
    6 years ago

    I saw the Dec 2008 US News & World Report on top public high schools in the US, but it didn't cover Catholic schools. Google helped me to find this list for top 50 Catholic schools. Like Vincent, I'm surprised that Regis ( for background info) didn't make it onto this list for any of the years: 2004-2008. I attended Regis back in the 80s. While I can't vouch for the schools on the list since I didn't go there, I can certainly say that Regis is a very strong high school and definitely prepares their students for the top universities in the country.

  8. Jimi
    6 years ago

    You've heard of it, Vin, because you go there. Yes, it is Catholic. It is more specifically Jesuit. It should actually be on this list.

  9. jen
    6 years ago

    well i never heard of that school, i just came across this site to look up where my school was ranked..... this list is for CATHOLIC private institutions. Is Regis a catholic school?

  10. vincent pellizzi
    6 years ago

    Why isn't Regis High School, NYC, not listed in the top 50? Regis is considered by many to be arguably the very best high school in the nation (public or private). Regis graduates regularly are accepted to Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Brown, etc.

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