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Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

-1 Peter 1:8-9

St. Dominic: A Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

The United States Department of Education selected St. Dominic School as one of 50 non-public schools across the United States to receive the most prestigious Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award for 2008.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education invites all public and non-public schools in the United States to apply for the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award (NCLS-BRS program). There are approximately 250,000 public and non-public elementary and secondary schools in the United States. All schools may apply if they meet the very stringent requirements of the program. 

Criteria includes: reading and math scores, as measured by a national standardized test; excellent attendance rates for students and staff; low student and staff turnover; numerous indicators of academic success; evidence of using student assessment results to better the school; evidence of effective communications with a variety of stakeholders, both inside and outside the school; detailed explanations of the core curriculum and how it meets the needs of every student; strength of the reading program; effective instructional methods; professional development of the staff; evidence of two highly successful subject areas above and beyond the core curriculum; evidence of foreign language incorporated into the curriculum of the junior high students.