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Fully Accredited, Catholic Independent School With Grades PK3-12 Named to Prestigious Catholic High School Honor Roll in its Sixth Year

Lafayette, LA – On Thursday, September 20, 2012, the Cardinal Newman Society announced John Paul the Great Academy (“JPG”) as a 2012-2013 recipient of the Catholic High School Honor Roll, a biennial award that honors excellence in academics, Catholic identity, and civic education at Catholic high schools nationwide.
JPG is among only 50 schools in the United States selected, and the first Louisiana Catholic school, to earn the distinction in the Honor Roll’s eight-year history. JPG, which opened in 2007, is a Catholic Independent school that operates with the blessing of Bishop Michael Jarrell, and is accredited by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools.  A school’s selection for the Honor Roll distinguishes it as one of the finest Catholic schools in the nation, according to the Cardinal Newman Society, whose advisory boards include Catholic college presidents and distinguished Catholic scholars from across the country.  

JPG recently acquired this beautiful, oak lined campus in June 2012 from the De La Salle Christian Brothers located at 1522 Carmel Drive in Lafayette.
“We are overwhelmingly grateful to the Cardinal Newman Society for recognizing JPG, in its sixth year of operation, as an Honor Roll recipient and one of the 50 best Catholic high schools in the United States.  This honor could not be possible without the faithful dedication of the JPG family – its administrators, teachers, parents, students and generous supporters,” said Dr. Kevin D. Roberts, President and Headmaster.  “It is their determination and devotion that have made JPG a school of unique distinction. Now, people not only in Acadiana but beyond can take note that Catholic college presidents and noted Catholic scholars have recognized JPG’s excellence in academics and our demonstrated love for Jesus Christ and the Church.”
“Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “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.”

The Honor Roll recognizes and encourages excellence in Catholic secondary education. It is a critical resource for parents and educators, honoring schools that excel in three categories: Academic excellence, Catholic identity, and Civic education.  JPG has twice before received Special Recognition in the category of strong Catholic Identity.
“Being named one of the Top 50 high schools in the nation not only highlights JPG’s challenging classical curriculum, built around the great books of Western Civilization and the liberal arts and sciences, but our commitment to building Catholic identity that affirms our most essential mission as a Catholic institution,” said Rick Cambre, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The primary goal of the Catholic High School Honor Roll is to acknowledge those schools that maintain high academic standards, uphold their Catholic identities, and prepare their students to actively engage the world.
“While JPG’s classical curriculum is rigorously academic, the school is really a marriage between the academic world and the love for Christ.  I can’t think of a better place that marries those two in a school, and this award recognizes that,” said Mr. Nick Trosclair, Upper School Theology teacher.
“What makes our school standout is its spiritual life,” said JPG senior Andrew Hicks.  “JPG helps young men and women grow in their faith and become great leaders for the future.”
JPG is co-educational, and offers grades PK3-12.  The average class size is 16.
The top 50 schools are located in 21 states, with Pennsylvania having the highest number of honorees with seven schools, followed by Texas with six and Michigan with five.
For more information, please contact Chantel Fouchi, Director of Admissions, at cfouchi@jpgacademy.org or 337-889-5345.

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