Catholic Elementary Schools to be Recognized as 2019 Archdiocesan Schools of Distinction

Wednesday, September 11th

Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic education throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will join senior administrators from the Office of Catholic Education to honor 43 parish and regional elementary schools named 2019 Archdiocesan Schools of Distinction.

Friday, September 13, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Archdiocesan Pastoral Center (Auditorium)
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

 These 43 schools are being recognized for either exceeding growth expectations or benchmarks in academic achievement via standardized testing.  Saint Genevieve School in Flourtown (Montgomery County) and Our Lady of Angels Regional Catholic School in Morton (Delaware County) receive designations in both categories.

Recognition for Growth is determined by an analysis of the Normal Curve Equivalent (NCE) scores of two consecutive years.  If a class has the same NCE as the previous year, they have shown more than a full year’s growth.  Taking into consideration a margin of error of +/- 5, the following schools showed between 90% and 100% growth at every grade level tested in every content area.

Recognition for Growth:




Schools receiving Recognition for Exceeding Academic Potential when their obtained test scores (determined by the achievement tests) are greater than their anticipated scores (determined by the ability testing).  The following schools were determined as Distinguished in Exceeding Academic Potential.

Recognition for Exceeding Academic Potential:

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Editor’s Notes: For information about Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit  The award ceremony will be live streamed on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools’ Facebook page at