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St. Bartholomew School 2011 National Blue Ribbon Award
St. Bartholomew School 2011 Nationl Blue Ribbon Award

St. Bartholomew School was designated a National Blue Ribbon School in 2011.


Given by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award recognizes non-public schools as “Exemplary High Performing” if their student achievement in English and mathematics ranks among  top 15% in the country, as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.


All elementary and secondary schools within the Archdiocese of Washington are accredited by Cognia (previously known as AdvancED).

The Cognia accreditation process effectively drives student performance, ensures mission effectiveness, and promotes continuous improvement.  Annually, Archdiocesan schools collect and analyze data, set goals, and undertake school improvement efforts. This ongoing review process leads to authentic school improvement.

The Cognia accreditation process surpasses state standards in that a group of educators, school administrators and superintendents from around the nation spends four days evaluating the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools and their school improvement efforts. The review includes interviews with all stakeholders. As part of the accreditation process, the Archdiocese must report to Cognia its progress in Improvement Priorities within two years and participate in a comprehensive review every five years.

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