The Atonement Academy has, once again, been included in the list of the top fifty Catholic high schools in the nation.
The announcement was made at a press conference by The Cardinal Newman Society, a national organization whose purpose is to support quality Catholic education. The Honor Roll was begun in 1994 by The Acton Institute, and is now administered by The Cardinal Newman Society because of its specific apostolate in the area of Catholic education.
Each school is assessed in the following areas:
• Catholic identity
• Civic Education
There are some schools which excel in one or two of these areas, but only fifty in the nation are honored for excelling in all three, and the Academy is one of them.
The members of the National Collegiate Advisory Board, who are the trustees of this national award, include Sr. Mary Sarah Galbraith, OP, President of Aquinas College, John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America, Rev. Terrence Henry, President of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Thomas Keefe, President of the University of Dallas, and the Presidents of Benedictine College, DeSales University and Christendom College.
The National Policy Advisory Board, which oversees the standards, also includes a list of distinguished educators from several national organizations dedicated to authentic Catholic education, including the Catholic Education Foundation, directed by Fr. Peter Stravinskas, the Covington Latin School, and the executive director of the National Association of Private, Catholic and Independent Schools, among others.
In giving The Atonement Academy this award, these distinguished people have recognized the accomplishments which have been achieved through God’s grace, and through the intercession of Our Lady of the Atonement. Some of the best minds in the Catholic world have looked upon our Upper School, and found our work here to be exemplary and outstanding.
The Administrators and Faculty of The Atonement Academy have worked very hard to maintain the demanding standards required in order to be given this award, which serves as an assurance that our students are receiving an excellent and authentically Catholic education.