Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin received the National Blue Ribbon Award in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, November 8. Accompanied by the entire staff of NDCL, President Dr. Michael Bates, Principal Joseph A. Waler, former President Sr. Jacquelyn Gusdane, and Science Dept. Chair Maureen Wahl accepted the award from Aba Kumi, Director of Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
Out of more than 130,000 schools in the country, NDCL is among just 300 public and 49 private schools to win the coveted Blue Ribbon Award in 2018. And NDCL is the only high school (public and private) in the entire state of Ohio to win this year!
By awarding the Blue Ribbon, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes NDCL as an exemplary high-performing school. To achieve this honor, a school must demonstrate superior academic performance that ranks in the top 15% of all schools nationwide. In a detailed and competitive application process, Blue Ribbon Schools must also distinguish themselves on other key factors associated with school success, including teacher expertise, rigorous curricula, vibrant school culture, strong parent and community engagement, and visionary leadership.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our students and teachers,” said Principal Joseph A. Waler. “To earn the National Blue Ribbon Award during our 30th anniversary year is a wonderful tribute to the hard work of so many people who make NDCL a truly exceptional school. We are so blessed!”
The Washington, D.C. celebration featured presentations from Secretary DeVos and other esteemed educators as well as opportunities to share best practices with representatives from other outstanding schools throughout the nation.
Since its inception in 1982, the Blue Ribbon Award has become a trademark of excellence and symbol of quality recognized throughout the United States.