Holy Family Catholic High School Named 2023 National Blue Ribbon School
This week, Holy Family Catholic High School, which consistently ranks as one of the best private high schools in Minnesota, was named by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups on assessments.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona applauded 2023 National Blue Ribbon School awardees for setting "a national example for what it means to raise the bar in education." While schools are recognized for their overall student performance, nominated schools also complete an extensive narrative application describing their school culture and philosophy, curriculum, assessments, instructional practices, professional development, leadership structures, and parent and community involvement.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, now in its 40th cohort, has conferred approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,700 schools nationwide. These schools reflect the diverse landscape of American education, serving students from all walks of life. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates non-public schools, including parochial and independent schools. Holy Family is one of 40 private schools in the country to be recognized this year and one of two high schools in Minnesota.
“The National Blue Ribbon School speaks volumes about the unwavering dedication of our students, educators, families, and the entire HFCHS community," shared President Mike Brennan of HFCHS, reflecting on this accomplishment. "It reaffirms our commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience."
National Blue Ribbon Schools are beacons of effective and innovative educational practices, serving as exemplary models for educators and schools nationwide. The presence of a National Blue Ribbon School flag at HFCHS symbolizes its unwavering commitment to exceptional teaching and learning.
Assistant Principal for Academics Melissa Livermore emphasized the school's vision of excellence: “At Holy Family, we consistently set high standards for ourselves and our students. We aspire to innovative teaching and learning, value our dedicated teachers and staff, and collaborate actively with our families, communities, and educators to achieve common goals."
The path to this achievement began with an extensive narrative application showcasing HFCHS's culture, philosophy, curriculum, assessments, instructional practices, professional development, leadership structures, and parent and community involvement.