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BT Named 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

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"The faculty and students at Blessed Trinity work hard to be successful in their endeavors, and this recognition by the United States Department of Education is a wonderful validation of those efforts. Being one of only 48 high schools, one of just six private high schools, and the only high school in Georgia to be recognized, adds to the significance of the honor."

- Frank Moore, BT Principal

Since 1982, The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored America’s most successful public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools. There are two types of recognition:

*Schools whose students achieve at very high levels

*Schools making significant progress in closing achievement gaps among different groups of students

Public schools are nominated by the state superintendent of schools. To qualify, the schools must meet their state’s Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) or make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for three consecutive years, as determined by state testing.

For non-public high schools who wish to apply on the “exemplary high performing” criterion, the first thing the school has to do is make the standardized testing “cut score,” which is this:

The school’s average score on either the SAT or ACT must be in the top 15% of all schools nationwide in both the verbal and mathematics sections. In addition, a minimum of 90% of the seniors must take the test. If the cut scores are achieved, the school then prepares the roughly 20-page application submitted to the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), which reviews all the private school applications and forwards not more than 50 for consideration to the USDE.

In December of 2013, Blessed Trinity applied to be named a Blue Ribbon School. Our seniors had made the cut score on the ACT for the previous three years, but were just shy of the required 90% participation rate. The Class of 2013 exceeded the cut scores and had 91% of the class take the test. As part of the archdiocesan system, our application was reviewed and approved by Superintendent Dr. Diane Starkovich.

Seventeen faculty members assisted with the preparation of the application materials, which we submitted to CAPE in December. We received word in January that Blessed Trinity was one of the 50 private schools to be forwarded by CAPE to the USDE for Blue Ribbon consideration.

On September 30, 2014, BT received word from the USDE that we were chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School. This is a huge honor, the highest a school can receive in the United States. Mrs. Susan Dorner and Frank Moore will travel to Washington, D.C. November 9-11 for the formal recognition. We are also delighted to tell you that St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School has earned this recognition as well.

Link to The Georgia Bulletin story.