What is the Catholic High School Honor Roll?
The Catholic High School Honor Roll is a membership organization of secondary schools throughout the United States that are committed to strong Catholic identity and academic excellence.
What happened to the Top 50 Honor Roll from 2012?
That program now exists under the name of the Schools of Excellence Awards
and is a component of the Catholic High School Honor Roll membership program. In the past, the Top 50 Honor Roll operated every two years, with the last Honor Roll recognition taking place in 2012. The Top 50 Honor Roll will continue under the name of the “Catholic High School Honor Roll's Schools of Excellence Awards
” in the spring of 2014. It will still impose the same stringent standards as the past Honor Rolls. One difference will be that the schools will no longer be compared to one another, with the program now adopting a set of objective standards that focus specifically on Catholic identity. Top schools will be recognized under this program.
What are the Schools of Excellence Awards?
The Catholic High School Honor Roll's Schools of Excellence Awards
is a biennial recognition of high schools that exhibit faithful Catholic education by their institutional identity, administration, academics, and student life. The annual list of awardees serves as a resource for parents, schools, and donors.
Are all Honor Roll members eligible for the Schools of Excellence Awards?
To participate in the recognition program, 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.
What if I don’t want to participate in the Schools of Excellence Awards? Can I still belong to the 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.
What are the benefits of membership in the Catholic High School Honor Roll?
See benefits to belonging to the Honor Roll here
What schools are eligible to be members of the Catholic High School Honor Roll?
See the eligibility requirements here
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 application 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 recognition program in previous years required to re-register?
Principals and headmasters who have previously enrolled in the Catholic High School Honor Roll receive notification to update their school’s information in the fall of 2013. They will be able to log-in as in the past and then update their information and their commitment to Catholic identity.
To ensure that schools receive all benefits associated with membership, the school must update its information annually.
What is the purpose of the optional Schools of Excellence Awards?
The Catholic High School Honor Roll's Schools of Excellence Awards
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.
Schools that opt apply for the Schools of Excellence Awards
(to be announced in spring 2014) will complete a set of questions related to four dimensions associated with Catholic identity: Institutional Identity, Governance and Administration, Faculty and Academics, and Student Life. Items on the recognition application will be used to evaluate schools and recognize those which demonstrate a commitment to faithful Catholic education.
What has been the impact of the Catholic High School Honor Roll recognition programs?
Since the Honor Roll’s inception in 2004, schools have found that public recognition by the Honor Roll is a great opportunity to honor their school, teachers, and staff as well as a great incentive for improvement. To aid 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 Schools of Excellence Awards
find its publicity powerful. Use of recognition associated with the program enables schools to tell the country that 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.
Can the public see schools' evaluations?
No. Due to the nature of the Schools of Excellence Awards
, we make a promise to schools that each evaluation will be kept private.
I am a new principal of a school which was previously enrolled, how do I log on?
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.
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.
Who manages the Catholic High School Honor Roll?
The Acton Institute founded the Honor Roll in 2004 and managed it through the 2010 recognition cycle. The Cardinal Newman Society became the manager of the Honor Roll in 2012.
Why is my high school not recognized for its Catholic identity?
It's possible that the school did not apply for the Schools of Excellence Awards
. 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 Schools of Excellence Awards
. 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 Honor Roll, a school indicates its commitment to strengthening Catholic identity. Contact the school and ask how you can help its efforts.
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 Schools of Excellence Awards
. It is a free resource from The Cardinal Newman Society for Catholic high schools as well as parents.