September 18, 2014, San Marcos, CA - The Cardinal Newman Society recognized St. Joseph Academy in San Marcos as a 2014 School of Excellence. Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics.
Principal Tony Biese said, “We have been nationally recognized for providing authentic Catholic education of the highest quality. Our unwavering commitment to the Faith is well known, but we also excel academically, which is partially indicated by our very high standardized test scores.”
“I am delighted and proud to learn of this latest award granted to St. Joseph Academy. S.J.A. is managing to provide the right combination of a strong Catholic formation, a rigorous classical curriculum and enriching sports and extracurricular activities. Where faith and reason meet, there you will find the Catholic Church and St. Joseph Academy,” said Dr. George Delgado, medical director of Culture of Life Family Services, and father of four—all graduates of St. Joseph Academy.
“As a Board member and as a parent of a 2009 graduate of St. Joseph's, I am very proud that the Cardinal Newman Society has recognized the strong Catholic identity and academic excellence of St. Joseph Academy High School,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute.
This year seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence, and an additional nine received the distinction of Honorable Mention. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.
“Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school education,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society.
“The Honor Roll schools are a reminder that Catholic education is getting better every day—not only academically, but in the renewal of Catholic identity.”