Six Michigan schools on Catholic honor roll

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Six Michigan schools were named to the 2008 National Catholic High School Honor Roll, according to the Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch.

Michigan had more honorees than any other state. They are: Catholic Central and West Catholic, both in Grand Rapids; Father Gabriel Richard, Ann Arbor; Lake Michigan Catholic, St. Joseph; Notre Dame Preparatory, Pontiac; and Saint Francis, Traverse City. All Saints Catholic Central in Bay City and Nouvel Catholic Central in Saginaw received honorable mentions.

The Honor Roll is an independent project of the Acton Institute, an international research and educational organization. A press release making the announcement said that schools are chosen in consultation with an advisory board comprised of Catholic college presidents and scholars and are chosen on the basis of academic excellence, Catholic identity and civic education. Participating schools must complete detailed surveys that measure a school's adherence to the church's educational mission, the release said. Each school also receives an evaluation to see how it compares to other schools nationwide.

Wall Street Journal Marketwatch, "Nation's Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced for 2008," Nov. 10, 2008

Michigan Education Report, "Catholic schools and the common good," Aug. 16, 2005