Messenger Staff Report.
Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, announced, Sept. 26, the 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools. Across the nation, 362 were awarded the designation including two schools in the Diocese of Covington — Notre Dame Academy, Park Hills, and St. Thomas Elementary, Ft. Thomas.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a part of the U.S. Department of Education that recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools. In identifying several hundred outstanding schools annually, the program celebrates some of the most skilled and effective educators in the country.
“We are proud of the accomplishments of Notre Dame Academy, Park Hills, and St. Thomas School, Ft. Thomas, on being recognized as 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools,” said Michael Clines, superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Covington. “Congratulations to Jack Vonhandorf, principal, Notre Dame Academy and Deborah Flamm, principal, St. Thomas School, their faculties, staff, students and school communities for their hard work and dedication that made this achievement possible.”
This is the second Blue Ribbon for St. Thomas School having achieved its first Blue Ribbon in 2006 and the third Blue Ribbon for Notre Dame Academy which was recognized in 1996 and 2012.
The Diocese of Covington is home to 16 schools with the Blue Ribbon designation:
Bishop Brossart High School, Alexandria (2018)
Blessed Sacrament School, Ft. Mitchell (1994, 2007, 2015)
Covington Catholic High School, Park Hills (2007, 2016)
Covington Latin School, Covington (2003)
Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Burlington (2006, 2018)
Notre Dame Academy, Ft. Wright (1996, 2012, 2019)
St. Agnes School, Ft. Wright (2009)
St. Cecilia School, Independence (2018)
St. Henry District High School, Erlanger (2012)
St. Henry Elementary School, Elsmere (2016)
St. Joseph School, Cold Spring (2018)
St. Joseph School, Crescent Springs (2006, 2017)
St. Mary School, Alexandria, (2016)
St. Paul School, Florence (2014)
St. Pius X School, Edgewood (2001, 2015)
St. Thomas School, Ft. Thomas (2006, 2019)
Villa Madonna Academy Elementary, Villa Hills (2007, 2017)
Villa Madonna Academy High School, Villa Hills (2002, 2003)