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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Catholic High School Honor Roll?

The Catholic High School Honor Roll is a membership organization of Catholic secondary schools throughout the United States committed to strong Catholic identity and academic excellence. Members agree to embrace, support and work toward achieving the “Indicators of an Outstanding Catholic School” as they may apply to their particular state in life.

 

Who manages the Catholic High School Honor Roll?

The Acton Institute founded the Catholic High School Honor Roll in 2004 and managed it through the 2010 recognition cycle. The Cardinal Newman Society became the manager of the Catholic High School Honor Roll in 2012.

 

What are the benefits of membership in the Catholic High School Honor Roll?

See benefits to belonging to the Honor Roll

 

What happened to the Top 50 Honor Roll from 2012?

The“Top 50” program now exists under the name of the 2014 Outstanding Catholic School Award and is a component of the Catholic High School Honor Roll. The recognition program will launch on February 15, 2014 and impose the same stringent standards as the past Honor Rolls. However, the focus of the Honor Roll will encourage high schools to improve and invite all Catholic high schools to be committed to building or maintaining an exceptional Catholic identity. Thus, the Recognition Program will not be limited to a particular number of honorees.

 

What are the changes between past Honor Roll’s and the 2014 Honor Roll?

1. The Recognition Program will no longer rank or compare schools to one another. Top schools in the country will be recognized using scores assigned by their responses of the three surveys completed as part of this program. The 2014 Outstanding Catholic School Award is now standards-based, with honorees not evaluated relative to other participants, but according to indicators of exceptional Catholic identity.

2. The Catholic High School Honor Roll has spent the last 18 months working to update its website and is proud to roll out its new dashboard for the 2014 administration of the recognition program. Each school now has its own account page with data entry made easy through online access to their school and drop-down menus added to eliminate excessive typing. Access to these features become available to school after its initial enrollment.

3. While the majority of the questions have remained the same, the staff at the Catholic High School Honor Roll opted to edit certain questions and add questions that would focus more on Catholic identity. We also addressed recurrent concerns over specific questions, modifying or eliminating these altogether.

 

What is the purpose of the optional Outstanding Catholic School Award?

The Outstanding Catholic School Award is designed to identify schools that demonstrate excellence in Catholic education and encourage and assist schools that seek to strengthen their Catholic identity.

Having long set the benchmark for moral and academic formation, many Catholic schools now see a loss of traditional Catholic identity, a weakening of academic standards, and the support of views contrary to Church teaching. It is no surprise schools are closing,attendance is falling, and financial struggles permeate Catholic school systems throughout the country. In some instances, Catholic schools resemble public schools that teach religion as a subject, often fewer than five times a week,and consider it to have the same status as other academic disciplines.

 

What has been the impact of the Catholic High School Honor Roll awards program?

Since the Honor Roll’s inception in 2004, schools have found the public recognition associated with the Honor Roll is a great opportunity to honor their schools, teachers, and staff as well as a great incentive for improvement. To aid in this, each applicant school receives a detailed,comprehensive assessment offering feedback and detailing its strengths and weaknesses.

The best schools are highlighted to inspire imitation and encouragement among all schools. By examining the four dimensions of Catholic identity, the Honor Roll calls on all Catholic schools to scrutinize themselves in relation to the Church’s educational calling.

Schools participating in The Outstanding Catholic School Award find its publicity powerful. Use of the recognition associated with the program enables schools to tell the country they excel at defying the trend. Since the program began in 2004, more than 200 media stories – in major newspapers,magazines and on TV and the radio – have highlighted the fact that these schools have earned this distinction and are remaining faithful to their calling. Even more, schools use the Honor Roll to promote and strengthen themselves, all because the bar has been held high and they are proud to have risen to the occasion.

 

How much does it cost to participate in the Honor Roll?

There is no cost or obligation attached to applying for membership in the Catholic Honor Roll Honor Roll or participation in the optional Outstanding Catholic School Award. It is a free resource from The Cardinal Newman Society for Catholic high schools as well as parents.

 

How does a school become a member of the Catholic High School Honor Roll?

Schools new to the Catholic High School Honor Roll are asked to complete information on the sign-up page. Upon receipt of a request for membership, new schools will receive a confirmation email with log on information. Enrollment in the program is not complete until the school submits the Membership Survey and receives confirmation from the administrative staff of the Catholic High School Honor Roll. See the process here.

 

Are schools that participated in the Honor Roll in previous years required to re-register?

No, Principals and headmasters who have previously enrolled in the Catholic High School Honor Roll will be able to log-in as in the past and then update their information and acknowledge their commitment to Catholic identity.

I am a Home School. Can I participate in the Outstanding Catholic School Awards?

Home schools can become members of the Honor Roll. To participate in the Outstanding Catholic School Awards, a high school must meet all of the requirements for membership in the Catholic High School Honor Roll and have at least 36 students in grades 9-12. To be eligible, schools must meet the criteria listed below:

  •   Must be a diocesan, regional,religious order, or independent high school in the U.S. or one of its territories with a commitment to faithful Catholic education.
  •   Must include students in grades 9 – 12. If the school is new, the school must commit to filling grades 9-12 within the next five years.
  •   Must be formally constituted. Group study programs, on-line schools, and home school associations may apply to become Associate Members of the Catholic High School Honor Roll. (The Associate Membership Program is coming later in 2014.)

 

What happens I forget my password?

If your school has previously signed up for the Catholic High School Honor Roll, access the signup page, enter your email address, and select reset your password. An email will be sent with instructions as to how to reset your password.

Log on information is assigned to the Head of School/Principal and does not change. If there is a change in leadership at a previously enrolled school, and the log on information has not been transferred to the new administrator, information can be obtained by contacting the administrative staff of the Catholic High School Honor Roll at HonorRoll@CardinalNewmanSociety.org or at (703) 367-0333 x 205.

 

I can’t log on? What steps do I need to take?

If you are experiencing any difficulties logging on to your school’s account, email the Catholic High School Honor Roll at HonorRoll@CardinalNewmanSociety.org or telephonically at (703) 367-0333 x 205.

 

I am not a principal or an administrator. How can I register my school as part of the Catholic High School Honor Roll?

The Catholic High School Honor Roll will accept registrations made on behalf of the Principal/Head of School. Anyone entering or editing information for a school must be listed as an “editor,” It is the goal of the Honor Roll to assure the person who is designated as the Principal/Head of School approves all information entered for each specific school prior it being submitted.

 

Can I use the same answers as I used in 2012 for the subjective questions?

It there have been no substantive changes in your school’s philosophy, leadership, or Catholic identity, subjective responses entered as part of the 2012 Recognition Program can be submitted. However, we caution you to read each question carefully to make sure it is identical to the question in the 2012 survey.

 

Can I see my answers from the 2012 surveys?

Schools were encouraged to retain a hard copy of their completed surveys. We do not have those copies available on our site at this time.

 

How do I determine if a school signed up for the Honor Roll Membership and/or the Outstanding Catholic Schools Award?

The Catholic High School Honor Roll does not publish a list of schools that are members or participate in the Recognition Program. We do publish a list of previously recognized schools.

Due to the nature of the awards program, we make a commitment to each school to keep the content of their evaluation confidential and therefore, information is not made available to the public unless the school chooses to do so.

 

How can I get copies of My Future My Faith sent to my school?

For members in the Catholic High School Honor Roll, copies of My Future My Faith to each student are sent free of charge by the Cardinal Newman Society. Complete this form to order your copies.

 

What if I don’t want to participate in The Outstanding Catholic School Award? Can I still belong to the Catholic High School Honor Roll?

Yes, you can still be a member of the Honor Roll and enjoy its benefits because of your commitment to strengthening the Catholic identity of your school. We welcome all schools to become part of a national network working together to achieve academic excellence and strengthen Catholic identity in their schools.

 

Where can I locate good resources to help me improve the Catholic identity of my school?

The administrative staff of the Catholic High School Honor Roll, in conjunction with The Cardinal Newman Society, has compiled resources that focus on Catholic identity in high schools. These are available on our website. We will continue to research and seek input from our network of Catholic high schools to share best practices associated with strengthening Catholic identity. Our most prominent recent activity in this area has been with respect to the Common Core. Visit our resources homepage. Also, visit Catholic Is Our Core.org.

 

Why is my high school not recognized for its Catholic identity?

It's possible that the school did not apply for The Outstanding Catholic School Award.  Each year we invite every Catholic high school in the United States to join the Catholic High School Honor Roll and to participate in the optional The Outstanding Catholic School Award. If your school did not participate but was not recognized, there are a number of factors that are considered, and we set a relatively high standard for Catholic identity. Simply by applying for the award and joining the Catholic High School Honor Roll, a school indicates its commitment to strengthening Catholic identity. Contact the school and ask how you can help its efforts.

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