As seen by the test scores and assessments, students attending Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orlando performed better than other students throughout the state and nation, scoring well above national averages. Our 5th, 8th and 11th grade students also take the ACRE, which assesses faith knowledge as well as religious beliefs, attitudes, perceptions and behaviors. Eighty-one percent of our students are advanced or proficient in understanding their faith. Another profound statistic is the 98% of our graduating seniors go on to college. Last year our graduating seniors were awarded more than $27 million in college scholarships.
Our students represent many nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds, interests and abilities. They share, however, a common belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ and a commitment to living those teachings through social action. From the smallest 3-year-old learning to share, color and count, to the 12th grader preparing for college, our students represent all that is possible.
Our Church of the Resurrection Catholic School Eagles continue to 'Soar to New Heights" at Lakeland's U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School! Congratulations to Andrew N., an eighth grader, in winning first place in the engineering category at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in Orlando. Over 53, 000 middle school students across the state entered this annual competition and is the largest competition in the State of Florida. In addition, Andrew won on a monetary gift from the Florida Museum of National History.