LINCOLN (SNR/PX) - Pius X High School in Lincoln was recognized by The Cardinal Newman Society as it released this year’s list of schools selected as the Catholic Education Honor Roll 2014 Schools of Excellence.
The honor places Pius X among the top 5 percent of Catholic high schools in the United States.
Since 2004, the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the country. Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics. This year, Pius was one of 71 schools named as a School of Excellence, and was the only school in Nebraska to earn this distinction.
“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—and we are delighted to see the increased level of competition among the schools that participated in the program this year,” said Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society.
The honor came just as Pius X celebrated its largest-ever enrollment since opening its doors in October of 1956.
“I wish to thank the Cardinal Newman Society for the honor they have bestowed upon Pius X,” said Bishop James Conley, a staunch supporter and proponent of Pius X and of Catholic education throughout the Diocese of Lincoln. “I am grateful to our faculty and staff who witness to the fact that the goal and purpose of Catholic education is to form disciples of Jesus Christ, thus demonstrating the beauty of Catholic education. Beauty attracts hearts and minds. Beauty captures imaginations. Beauty wins souls for Christ.”
“This is a great blessing and honor for our school,” said Pius X principal Tom Korta. “The award speaks to the quality of our teachers and staff, the support of our parents, and the commitment to Catholic education that exists in the Lincoln Diocese.”
Pius X High School tuition was among the most affordable in the nation, with an average of $1,525 annual tuition compared to $9,622 nationally for incoming freshmen. This enables students from all socioeconomic backgrounds who seek a Catholic education in Lincoln to attend the school.
Since the competition began in 2004, today marks the fifth time Pius X has been honored by the Catholic Honor Roll award. The school has twice made the top 50 Catholic high schools list, and twice has received an honorable mention in the category of “Catholic Identity.”
As the central Catholic high school in Lincoln, Pius X’s mission is to enrich the mind, heart and soul of each student through a Christ-centered, Catholic environment that provides academic excellence and preparation to achieve a meaningful, faith-filled life. Now in its 59th year and serving more than 1,170 students in grades 9-12, Pius X is guided by Pope St. Pius X’s motto, “Restore all things in Christ.”