National Blue Ribbon Schools

Congratulations to all thirty-eight Catholic elementary and secondary schools recognized as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools!

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored and recognized great American public and private elementary, middle, and high schools since 1982. Every year, Catholic elementary and secondary schools are among the hundreds of public and private schools identified by the U. S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools. 50 private schools are among the awardees each year and 38 of those were Catholic schools in 2017.  Each state's commissioner of education nominates public schools for the award and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates the private schools. Representatives from each school are invited to an awards ceremony in November in Washington, D.C. This award is a great tribute to the dedication of faculties who clearly value academic excellence, as well as to the commitment of students who strive to succeed to the best of their ability. Each of these schools exemplifies the best of Catholic education, and all of us at the National Catholic Educational Association are extremely proud of the efforts of these school communities that led to this tremendous accomplishment.

The NCEA congratulates the following schools in 2017:


Seton Catholic Preparatory
1150 North Dobson Road
Chandler, AZ 85224-4004
Phone: (480) 963-1900
Principal: Mr. Victor Serna
Diocese of Phoenix


St. John the Evangelist Catholic School
240 Arnold Street
Hapeville, GA 30354-1530
Phone: (404) 767-4312
Principal: Ms. Karen Vogtner
Archdiocese of Atlanta


Central Catholic High School
1201 Airport Road
Bloomington, IL 61704-2534
Phone: (309) 661-7000
Principal: Mr. Sean Foster
Diocese of Peoria

Holy Family Catholic Academy
2515 Palatine Road
Inverness, IL 60067-4567
Phone: (847) 907-3452
Principal: Mrs. Kate O’Brien
Archdiocese of Chicago

St. Gilbert Catholic School
231 E. Belvidere Road
Grayslake, IL 60030-2442
Phone: (847) 223-8600
Principal: Mr. Brian Tekampe
Archdiocese of Chicago

St. Edward School
4343 W. Sunnyside Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630-4198
Phone: (773) 736-9133
Principal: Sr. Marie Michelle Hackett, OP
Archdiocese of Chicago

St. Josaphat School
2245 N. Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-3192
Phone: (773) 549-0909
Principal: Mrs. Nel Mullens
Archdiocese of Chicago

St. Joseph Catholic School
221 Park Place
Libertyville, IL 60048-2241
Phone: (847) 362-0730
Principal: Ms. Anne Phoenix
Archdiocese of Chicago

St. Joseph School
1740 Lake Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091-1574
Phone: (847) 256-7870
Principal: Mr. Michael Kendrick
Archdiocese of Chicago


Christ the King School
412 Cochran Road
Lexington, KY 40502-2315
Phone: (859) 266-5641
Principal: Mrs. Paula Smith
Diocese of Lexington

Holy Trinity Parish School
423 Cherrywood Road
Louisville, KY 40207-2164
Phone: (502) 897-2785
Principal: Mr. Jack Richards
Archdiocese of Louisville

St. Joseph School
2474 Lorraine Avenue
Crescent Springs, KY 41017-1493
Phone: (859) 578-2742
Principal: Ms. Sally Zeck
Diocese of Covington

St. Joseph School
320 W. Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, KY 40004-1495
Phone: (502) 348-5994
Principal: Mrs. Margaret Bowen
Archdiocese of Louisville

Villa Madonna Academy Elementary School
2500 Amsterdam Road
Villa Hills, KY 41017-3798
Phone: (859) 331-6333
Principal: Mrs. Soshana Bosley
Diocese of Covington


Little Flower School
5601 Massachusetts Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20816-1930
Phone: (301) 320-3273
Principal: Sr. Rosemaron Rynn
Archdiocese of Washington

St. John’s Catholic School
43900 St. John’s Road
Hollywood, MD 20636-3253
Phone: (301) 373-2142
Principal: Mrs. Susan McDonough
Archdiocese of Washington

Saint Peter’s Elementary School
3310 Saint Peter’s Drive
Waldorf, MD 20601-2359
Phone: (301) 843-1955
Principal: Mr. John West
Archdiocese of Washington

St. John Regional Catholic School
8414 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702-2408
Phone: (301) 662-6722
Principal: Mrs. Karen Smith
Archdiocese of Baltimore

St. John the Evangelist School
13311 Long Green Pike
Hydes, MD 21082-9716
Phone: (410) 592-9585
Principal: Mrs. Christine Blake
Archdiocese of Baltimore

St. Louis School
12500 Clarksville Pike
Clarksville, MD 21029-1534
Phone: (410) 531-6664
Principal: Mrs. Terry Weiss
Archdiocese of Baltimore

St. Mary Catholic School
218 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740-4712
Phone: (301) 773-1184
Principal: Mrs. Patricia McDermott
Archdiocese of Baltimore

New Hampshire

Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School
6 Bartlett Avenue
Nashua, NH 03064-1602
Phone: (603) 882-7011
Principal: Ms. Glenda McFadden
Diocese of Manchester

New Jersey

All Saints Catholic Academy
19 West 13th Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002-1437
Phone: (201) 443-8384
Principal: Sr. Rita Marie Fritzen, OSF
Archdiocese of Newark

Christian Brothers Academy
850 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738-1698
Phone: (732) 747-1959
Principal: Mr. R. Ross Fales
Diocese of Trenton

Hoboken Catholic Academy
555 7th Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-6326
Phone: (201) 963-9535
Principal: Mr. Matthew McGrath
Archdiocese of Newark

Our Lady of the Lake School
26 Lakeside Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044-1819
Phone: (973) 239-1160
Principal: Mr. Benjamin Ronquillo
Archdiocese of Newark

Saint Francis Cathedral School
528 Main Street
Metuchen, NJ 08840-1439
Phone: (732) 548-3107
Principal: Mrs. Barbara Stevens
Diocese of Metuchen

St. Peter Academy
431 Fifth Avenue
River Edge, NJ 07661-2147
Phone: (201) 261-3468
Principal: Mr. James McCarthy
Archdiocese of Newark

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace
99 South Street
New Providence, NJ 07974-1989
Phone: (908) 464-8657
Principal: Mr. Joel Castillo, Ed.S.
Archdiocese of Newark


Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary
816 Norristown Road
Spring House, PA 19477-0241
Phone: (215) 646-4916
Principal: Mrs. Anne Knapke

Saint Teresa of Calcutta School
256 Swamp Pike
Schwenksville, PA 19473-1408
Phone: (610) 287-2500
Principal: Ms. Anita Dixon
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Saints Simon and Jude School
6 Cavanaugh Court
West Chester, PA 19382-7905
Phone: (610) 696-5249
Principal: Sr. Regina Elinich
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

St. Joseph School
340 Manor Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335-2543
Phone: (610) 269-8999
Principal: Sr. Catherine Irene Masino, IHM
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish School
300 Daly Drive
West Chester, PA 19382-7482
Phone: (610) 399-8400
Principal: Ms. Monica Malseed
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

South Dakota

Immaculate Conception School
109 3rd Street SE
Watertown, SD 57201-3634
Phone: (605) 886-3883
Principal: Mrs. Carol Dagel
Diocese of Sioux Falls


Saint Matthew School
533 Sneed Road West
Franklin, TN 37069-9003
Phone: (615) 662-4044
Principal: Mr. Tim Forbes
Diocese of Nashville

St. Bernard Academy
2304 Bernard Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212-4269
Phone: (615) 385-0440
Principal: Mr. Chuck Sabo
Diocese of Nashville


Blessed Sacrament School
2404 King Street
La Crosse, WI 54601-4329
Phone: (608) 782-5564
Principal: Ms. Kay Berra
Diocese of La Crosse

More information and an archive of past awardee schools can be found at the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for American Private Education National Blue Ribbon Schools Program websites.

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