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 HIGH SCHOOL NAMED NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL FOR A FOURTH TIME
Sioux Falls, SD: O'Gorman High School is a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School Awardee. The U.S. Department of Education made the announcement on Sept. 21, 2021. This is the highest honor a school can receive from The U.S. Department of Education. O'Gorman is the only high school in South Dakota to receive the distinction this year.
O'Gorman High School's history with this award include:
Being a four time winner (previously received the award in 1985, 2005, and 2014) Only one of 10 high schools (public or private) in the nation to receive this award four times
One of only 50 high schools in the nation (public or private) to receive the honor in 2021
Being the only high school in South Dakota to win the award more than once Only 50 private school applications are accepted for consideration each year.
To apply, a high school's ACT scores must be in the top 15% in the nation. O'Gorman's average ACT composite is 26.4.
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.
Cognia is the global nonprofit school improvement organization. In 2021, Cognia initiated its Schools of Distinction award program which recognizes preK-12 education institutions that exemplify excellence in education and service to learners. Cognia selected O’Gorman as one of the 96 schools and 38 systems out of more than 1,500 institutions that were eligible for its 2022 Cognia Schools and Systems of Distinction.
O’Gorman participated in Cognia’s rigorous Accreditation Engagement Review process, which is based on research-based performance standards. The process includes a third-party review by education experts of evidence, interviews, and classroom observations. The evaluation covers Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity, and Resource Capacity, as well as a demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement.
“O’Gorman High School is to be commended on their recognition as a School of Distinction,” said Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia. “Cognia Accreditation is already a mark of distinction recognized around the world. Being named a School of Distinction further recognizes the commitment to education quality O'Gorman has for its learners,” he added.
Each recognized school and system is reviewed every five years to maintain this designation. They must continue to effectively implement high-quality instruction, show consistent organizational effectiveness, maintain a commitment to continuous improvement and demonstrate energetic and sustained commitment to learners.
From the South – Proceed North on I-29. Exit at 41st Street (Exit 77). Take a right onto 41st Street (heading east). At the intersection of 41st St./Kiwanis Ave – the school will be on your left.
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.