KCHS Named Top 50 Catholic School

On September 20, the winners of the 2012-2013 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition were announced by The Cardinal Newman Society.  For the second time since the Honor Roll was established in 2004, Knoxville Catholic High School (KCHS) was named to the Top 50. The top 50 schools are recognized for overall excellence in all three Honor Roll categories – Catholic identity, academics, and civic education.  “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. 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.  "Being named a Top 50 Catholic High School validates our partnership with our parents and supporting parishes as a truly authentic Catholic institution,” said Dickie Sompayrac, KCHS Principal.  “This honor is also a testament to the outstanding commitment and work of our faculty and staff.  We are all very proud to be a part of this incredible KCHS Community." The top 50 schools are located in 21 states, with Pennsylvania having the highest number of honorees with seven schools, followed by Texas with six and Michigan with five.  Archbishop Edward McCarthy High School in Florida is the largest school with 1,489 students. St. Ignatius College Preparatory School and Faustina Academy, both in Texas, are the smallest schools with 48 students each. The Catholic High School Honor Roll was created by The Action Instutite in 2004. The Cardinal Newman Society assumed the program this year, consistent with its mission of helping Catholic families and promoting faithful Catholic education.