Covington Catholic High School has earned the distinction of being named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2007 and 2016.
Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Covington Catholic was selected in the Exemplary High Performing category.
In its 34th year in 2016, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools. CovCath is one of only two high schools in the state of Kentucky to receive this award in 2016, and also won it previously in 2007. According to information on the National Blue Ribbon Schools site, CovCath is the ONLY high school in Kentucky and one of only about 30 high schools nationwide who have received the award TWICE since the year 2000.
Comments from CCH Stakeholders about significance of Blue Ribbon recognition:
Christina Baulch (CCH Teacher since 2012):
CovCath’s greatest strength is the strong sense of community. The students want to be here, they support one another, and they respect the faculty. Similarly, the teachers want to be here—they love what they do and they have passion for educating young people. That “buy in” from all constituents creates an atmosphere that makes achieving academic excellence much easier. When you feel you belong, when you feel you are valued, then you’re willing to push yourself (and each other) more.
Tim Haders (CCH Fine Arts Department Chair and Teacher since 1984):As a proud member of our faculty for 3 decades, I can proudly say Covington Catholic has always been a leader in secondary education in Northern Kentucky. We have been driven to provide our students with the finest opportunity to grow as a whole person. The Blue Ribbon award validates our efforts to always improve, to never rest upon our previous successes and to value the future demands on our current students. The Covington Catholic culture of academic excellence, Christian conduct and social acceptance has continued to grow, evident by our improved curriculum, physical facility and social opportunities.
Gary Stegman (CCH Class of 1982, School Board Member, Parent of Colonels Benjamin '17 and Christopher '20):
This award is the pinnacle of recognition of the collective quality and value of the school. It is recognition of the high standards that are in place across the school: curriculum and test scores; extracurricular opportunities and social activities; and the total dedication to the school and students of the faculty and staff.
Carol Rasp (CCH World Languages Department Chair and Teacher since 1993):
Like the athlete who trains daily in anticipation of winning the coveted blue ribbon, Covington Catholic invests countless resources to provide each student with an award-winning education. The school’s strength is not only in a strong academic program, but the unique culture which fosters a close brotherhood between students and a special, lifelong relationship among alumni. An enthusiastic administration and a dedicated faculty challenge students to grow in their faith and embrace personal and academic excellence. Many stakeholders contribute to the students’ success.
The “Blue Ribbon” level of achievement is designated for those schools who perform at a superior level in every way and in unique manners. Comprehensive community service opportunities, mission trips, intramural and state-sanctioned sports, a grief support group, and a wide variety of clubs and classes engage students of varying personal interests and abilities. The end result is an environment which fosters the development of the whole student and energizes each student to be successful.