Central Catholic named National Blue Ribbon School

Central Catholic High School
Central Catholic High School ranked as the most challenging school in Illinois south of Chicago, (Photo courtesy Facebook/CentralCatholicHighSchool)

By Greg Halbleib

BLOOMINGTON – Central Catholic High School is receiving a national honor.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos named Central Catholic as a Blue Ribbon School on Thursday, one of only 342 in the nation to receive the annual award and one of only 17 in Illinois.

The school reports its ACT scores have improved in each of the past four years, reaching a 25.5 average of the highest composite scores for this year.

“This recognition is a reflection of the hard work of so many faculty and staff, both past and present, who believe in the mission of Central Catholic High School and who come to work every day ready to make a difference in our students’ lives,” said Central Catholic Principal Sean Foster in a news release. “Every one of us stands on the shoulders of our predecessors with the lofty goal of continuing to move Central Catholic forward. I could not be more proud of our students, the Saints Family and of everyone who made this possible.”

The Washington Post earlier this year ranked Central Catholic as the most challenging school in Illinois south of Chicago.

Greg Halbleib can be reached at greg@wjbc.com.

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