- 8-Time School of Excellence - Catholic Education Honor Roll
- 3-Time Blue Ribbon School Award Winner
- College Board's AP Honor Roll
- Siemen's AP Schools
Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States. O'Gorman High School has received this distinguished award 8 times. 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 recognition exemplifies our Catholic identity and academic excellence. Through our partnership with our families, we have committed to promoting our Catholic principles and academic excellence. Our success as a school comes from the dedication of every staff member who believes in our mission and who carries that passion throughout everything they say and do. This award validates the work of all of our stakeholders and for that we are blessed.” - Bishop O'Gorman Catholic Schools President, Kyle L. Groos
O’GORMAN SCORES THREE-PEAT!
THE NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS PROGRAM RECOGNIZING GREAT AMERICAN SCHOOLS SINCE 1982
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools on their overall academic excellence. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. O'Gorman High School is a three time winner of this recognition.
Since the inception of the Blue Ribbon School program in 1982, only seven South Dakota high schools have received this distinction. Only ONE school in the state has received it three times – O’Gorman High School! “Winning this award once is a tremendous accomplishment,” says Principal Joan Mahoney. “Winning it three times puts us in a very elite group. Few schools in the nation can claim this honor.”
O’Gorman first won the award back in 1985, then received it a second time in 2005 after the guidelines were made more stringent, allowing the school to re-apply. O’Gorman administrators say the motivation to seek the award again was to reaffirm that the school and students continue to move forward and that high standards are being maintained.
O’Gorman High School received College Board’s 4th Annual AP Honor Roll. A total of 477 schools in the United States and Canada earned a place on this list and this is the second time that O’Gorman High School has received this recognition. The AP Honor Roll recognizes efforts to open AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher.
College Board examined three years of AP data: 2011, 2012, and 2013 data from all students who took AP Examinations in May of those years. Within the three year analysis, inclusion on the list is based on the following criteria:
- Examination of three years of AP data, from 2011 to 2013;
- Increase in participation in/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;
- Performance levels must be maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams scoring 3+ in 2011 to 2013. While the Honor Roll is not a roster of higher performing districts, it is a roster of districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance.
Since 1998, the Siemens Foundation has partnered with the College Board to inspire and reward high-achieving schools that excel in the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement. The excellence shown in STEM will continue to shape the future of our global society.
From the North – Proceed South on I-29. Exit at 41st Street (Exit 77). Take a left onto 41st Street (heading east). At the intersection of 41st St./Kiwanis Ave – the school will be on your left.
From the West using I-90 – Take the Exit for I-29 South and proceed south. Exit at 41st Street (Exit 77). Take a left onto 41st Street (heading east). At the intersection of 41st St./Kiwanis Ave – the school will be on your left.
From the East using I-90 & I-229 – At the intersection of I-90/I-229 take I-229 South (Exit 400) and proceed south. Exit at Western Ave. (Exit 2). Take a right onto Western Ave. and proceed north towards 41st Street. At the intersection of 41st Street/Western Ave. take a left and proceed West towards Kiwanis Ave. At the intersection of 41st St./Kiwanis Ave. you will find the school on your right.