DALLAS – U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has announced Jesuit Dallas as one of five private high schools from across the country as a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School of excellence. Following a nomination by the Council for American Private Education, Jesuit’s recognition is based on exemplary achievement and the School’s overall academic performance.
“Our goal as a Jesuit school is to reach for the magis, which is exemplified in how our students live out the Profile of a Graduate,” shared President Mike Earsing. “The recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School validates the hard work of our students, teachers, and families. It’s truly a community award, and one small measure that reinforces our commitment to academic excellence.”
Every year, the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The coveted national award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Jesuit Dallas is the only private high school in Texas to earn recognition this year.
“I applaud all the honorees for the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for creating vibrant and affirming school communities where students can learn, grow, reach their potential, and achieve their dreams,” said Dr. Cardona. “As our country continues to recover from the pandemic, we know that our future will only be as strong as the education we provide to all of our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have gone above and beyond to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. These schools show what is possible to make an enduring, positive difference in students’ lives.”
For its part, Jesuit Dallas was one of the few schools in Texas to begin the 2020-21 academic year on time and in person after implementing measures to help maintain a safe physical environment and adopting changes in procedure that mitigated the risk for students, faculty, and staff. At graduation this past spring, it was announced that 83% of the Jesuit Dallas Class of 2022 had received at least one college scholarship while matriculating to highly selective universities across the country.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award program includes nominations in all states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Jesuit Dallas first received recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School in 1991.