HARTFORD, Conn. (September 7, 2012) Three Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford: Corpus Christi School in Wethersfield, Our Lady of Mercy School in Madison, and Saint Dominic School in Southington have been recognized as 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools for academic excellence.
They are among only 50 private schools and 219 public schools in the U.S. to receive a Blue Ribbon, the highest award granted by the U.S. Department of Education. These Archdiocesan parish schools are among only four Catholic schools in New England awarded this honor. To be considered for the award, all grades in a school that took the Iowa Test of Basic Skills had to score in the 85th percentile or higher in reading and math.
"I am exceedingly proud of these three fine schools for achieving Blue Ribbon status, and I applaud the dedicated efforts of their exceptional leadership team and faculty. Corpus Christi School, Our Lady of Mercy School, and St. Dominic School have brought great honor to their communities, to the Archdiocese, and to Catholic education. They stand as stellar examples of the excellence and superb achievement that is so characteristic of our Catholic schools," said Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Dale R. Hoyt.
When asked about the Blue Ribbon honor, Sister Carol Sansone, ASCJ, the principal of Our Lady of Mercy, said, "I've only been at the school two years, but from the moment I stepped through the front door, I knew that Our Lady of Mercy was a Blue Ribbon School. I am blessed with wonderful students, teachers and families."
She, along with principals Eileen Sampiere (Corpus Christi), and Patricia O'Neil Tiezzi (St. Dominic) attended a national awards ceremony on November 12-13 in Washington, D.C. Upon their return, the schools will host individual celebrations to honor their respective students, faculty, administrators and parents.
This is not the first time that Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford have achieved Blue Ribbon status. Last year, Saint Gabriel in Windsor, was the only private school in New England to be recognized. Prior to that, seven other schools: Saint James (Manchester), Saint Martha School (Enfield), Sacred Heart Academy (Hamden), Saint Brendan School (New Haven), Northwest Catholic High School (West Hartford), East Catholic High School (Manchester) and Saint Francis School (New Haven) have all been recipients.
Speaking on behalf of the awards, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the nation's biggest responsibility is helping students realize their full potential. "Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future." stated Duncan.
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