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Paul VI recognized as Catholic Education Honor Roll School

Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax was recognized as a Catholic Education Honor Roll School. The national honor roll program, directed by the Cardinal Newman Society, has recognized more than 300 high-performing Catholic high schools nationwide since its inception in 2004.


Paul VI engaged in a thorough internal and external review of its comprehensive program offerings before being awarded this status. It has received specific recognition for its strong integration of Catholic identity throughout its efforts, including the integrity of its mission, and the strength of its community and rich spiritual life.

The honor roll also recognized the school's efforts at the integral formation of the minds, bodies, and spirits of its students as well as its comprehensive academic program that seeks to instill a Christian vision of the world, human wisdom and culture.

"The honor roll is a helpful tool for families and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school," said Patrick J. Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society. "It is external validation that a school is both focused and successful in meeting the high calling of Catholic schools to serve the well-being and salvation of students and to serve the common good."

"We are very pleased to have Paul VI in the nationally recognized ranks of excellence; this is a select group,” said Denise Donohue, honor roll coordinator. “The school has well demonstrated they are successful in meeting the key principles that guide Catholic education."

"It is a great affirmation for Paul VI to be recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll,” said Ginny Colwell, Paul VI's head of school. “This is not something we do alone in the walls of our school. It takes our entire community — administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and friends — working together to assure that our Catholic identity is ingrained in all we do to prepare our students to lead in society and, more importantly, in our faith.” 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017