St. Anthony of Padua gets blue ribbon from U.S. Department of Education

September 13, 2012

THE WOODLANDS — St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School is among the 269 schools identified by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2012.

Schools were selected either because their standardized test scores in reading and math placed them among the top-performing schools in the nation or state, or because they served disadvantaged students and made extraordinary progress in improving performance.

Fifty private schools were among the awardees this year. Each state’s commissioner of education nominates public schools for the award, and CAPE nominates private schools. All winning schools will be honored at an awards ceremony November 12 to 13 in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential.

“Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future.”