Top Catholic High Schools

The Cardinal Newman Society has identified some excellent High Schools.


“Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “The Honor Roll schools are a reminder that Catholic education is getting better every day—not only academically, but in the renewal of Catholic identity—and we are delighted to see the increased level of competition among the schools that participated in the program this year.”

This year’s top 50 Honor Roll schools are diverse: large and small, new and long-established, both highly selective and open enrollment admissions policies, and high and low tuition rates. The common trait is an institutional commitment to providing a truly integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities.


Have a look at their list. Interesting.

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  1. pledbet424 says:

    I can personally attest to St Michaels Prep in CA…incredible school. Son graduated from there and went on to the Military Academy and graduated with honors. Point is, our son was prepared for the rigors of the Academy, and many others were not.

  2. pledbet424 says:

    I didn’t mention that the Faith is very important there also. Many priests have attended St. Michaels.

  3. Supertradmum says:

    I can personally vouch for Holy Rosary Academy in Anchorage, Alaska which is on the second list. Many years ago, I taught there and did some teacher training for incorporating Montessori and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd into the classrooms at the primary level.

    I taught world history, intro to art, history of ideas, great catholic thinkers, american lit, american history and some other stuff. I would have stayed, but a serious illness of someone in the family made me move back to the lower 48.

  4. Supertradmum says:

    I taught in the high school, which should be obvious.

  5. flyfree432 says:

    Not at all surprised to see Fr. Richard Gabriel High School or Everest (which I considered putting in an application for).

  6. AnAmericanMother says:

    Yeah! Holy Spirit Prep (attached to our parish) made the list!
    It is an extremely high-quality school and even though it’s relatively young (1996) it is bidding fair to compete with the old-line prep schools in the area. Graduates are making a very good showing in college admissions.
    And four years of Latin are required! :-)

  7. wmeyer says:

    Pinecrest Academy (very near me, NE of Atlanta) also made the cut!

  8. Sissy says:

    Yay, Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School (Dumfries, Va)! This is fairly near us; I hear great things.

  9. Darren says:

    Rats… my HS didn’t make the list. None of the Jesuit schools in NJ or NYC made the list. I guess I should not be surprised. My HS is typically excellent academically & athletically… but I have often questioned Catholic Identity (although I think it HAS improved in recent years)

  10. mamajen says:

    A very small school in my city earned “Special Recognition”, which I’m sure they are very pleased about. If only we had an elementary school to match.

  11. Charivari Rob says:

    My Dad will be pleased to see his alma mater – Brooklyn Cathedral – on the list.

    I believe I read somewhere that is one of only two or three remaining diocesan seminary prep high schools (in the USA).

  12. None in Washington State…
    I guess we’ll keep our boys enrolled in our Catholic Home School.

  13. seminarian87 says:

    The top priority that should be examined is how many vocations come from these schools. In my Diocese, we have not had a vocation come from a Catholic school in over 10 years. They are all from public school or home-school. If they say they are Catholic in identity but produce no vocations- that is a failure for me.

  14. NickD says:

    proud to be attending a school recognized for it’s Catholic identity!!

  15. Sue in soCal says:

    I teach at St. Augustine academy in Ventura. I love the staff and the students! As a matter of fact, I love it so much I would teach there for free! (Don’t tell the headmaster. . .)

  16. APX says:

    Well! I for one am absolutely shocked and horrified that my high did not make the list.

  17. cblanch says:

    I asked my husband last night to guess how many Catholic high schools in Ohio made the list. Answer: None. He said, “Well I thought my Dad’s school in (name of city) was pretty good.” I said, “Your Dad is no longer Catholic.” He got the point. Sad.

  18. Bob B. says:

    The local Jesuit HS is more concerned with social action than in their students knowing the Faith. No lunch prayers, no Latin, no Angelus, ….. No wonder it didn’t make the list.

  19. Vetdoctor says:

    I’m a graduate of Notre Dame in Chattanooga, as is my mother. The school is about 100 years old. My children go to Seton in Manassas. The school is run on a prayer and a dime. Most of Seton’s religious vocations come from the same families.

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