Christian Brothers Academy is proud to announce that for the first time in school history, it has been chosen as one of the 50 private schools recommended to the US Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School.
Since 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Award is the highest award bestowed to schools by the United States Department of Education.
CBA has qualified as an Exemplary High Performing School, placing it among New York State’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments and nationally normed exams. The rigorous application process evaluates curriculum, instruction, school culture, professional development, family engagement, and school leadership. In the application, it was proudly cited that CBA’s Lasallian identity was the “special program” at the heart of its success.
The review panel of the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) met in Washington, D.C. January 9-10, 2019 to conduct the initial review of private school applications for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. In all, CAPE identified 50 private schools throughout the United States that were nominated to the U.S. Department of Education for further consideration and review. Final approval from the US Department of Education and public announcement will occur in September 2019.
In 2018, New York State had just one non-public school that was named as a National Blue Ribbon School. CBA is the first private school from Central New York to be nominated to the Department of Education for this recognition. This nomination is a tremendous honor and distinction for CBA Syracuse. Award ceremonies for the winning schools will take place in the fall in Washington D.C.
“I congratulate our entire community on this nomination – the dedicated faculty and staff, outstanding Board of Trustees, supportive parent community, and most importantly, our exceptional students,” Principal Matt Keough said.
“I want to particularly thank Mrs. Debra Brillante, Assistant Principal of Academics, and Mrs. Amanda Webster, Administrative Intern, on leading the application process,” Keough added.