U.S. Department of Education

National Blue Ribbon

St. Joseph Catholic School

Named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

First Nonpublic School in NWA to receive the award



On September 30, 2014 the U.S. Department of Education named St. Joseph Catholic School in Fayetteville a 2014 National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School. 


The National Blue Ribbon Award was established in 1982 to recognize public and nonpublic elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ academic achievement.  The award is considered the highest honor an American school can achieve.


St. Joseph Catholic School is the first nonpublic school in Northwest Arkansas to receive this recognition.  Of the approximately 1,200 schools in the state of Arkansas, only forty-one public schools and three nonpublic schools have received the award since it was established over thirty years ago. 


St. Joseph Catholic School’s high standardized test scores qualified the school to submit an in-depth application to the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) highlighting the school’s operations in areas such as assessments and utilization of assessment data, curricula, professional development, leadership, and community and family involvement.  Once reviewed and approved, CAPE recommended St. Joseph to the U.S. Department of Education as one of only 50 nonpublic schools to be considered for the award.  St. Joseph was chosen based on the criteria of schools whose students score in the top 15% nationally in both reading and mathematics on nationally-normed tests.


St. Joseph Catholic School has been serving the city of Fayetteville since 1948.  It is home to 320 students from 200 families in three-year-old pre-kindergarten through 8th grades.  The average class size is sixteen students.  Forty-five students from twenty-five families receive tuition assistance, and fifty students receive free or reduced lunches.  The student body also includes 105 students from six minority groups.  St. Joseph serves both Catholic and non-Catholic students. 


Our faculty and students continually focus on academic excellence, respect for life, and community service.  St. Joseph utilizes top-of-the-line technology in each classroom and has consistently ranked in the top 15 percent nationally on standardized tests.  The school has active community partnerships with Economic Opportunity Agency Children’s House, Loving Choices Pregnancy Center, Cooperative Emergency Outreach Food Pantry, Seven Hills Homeless Center, and NWA vs. Hunger.


We would love for you to come tour our school, and experience our Blue Ribbon School for yourself!


(479) 442-4554 phone  ·  (479) 442-7887 fax

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