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School Statistics

Catholic Students Ready for College

High school students at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orlando scored higher on the ACT than students state-wide, with a composite score of 22.9 compared to 19.5 for the state. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework. Catholic students outscored students state-wide in all four subject areas.

ACT Scores

Students attending Catholic schools, along with the faculty and staff, achieved the following during the 2009-2010 academic year:

  • Test scores show students attending Catholic schools performed well above state and national averages compared to other students
  • 81% of the students who took the ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis Religious Education) are advanced or proficient in understanding their faith;
  • 99% of our high school seniors graduated;
  • 98% of our seniors went on to college, having earned more than $27 million in scholarships;
  • Our students gave back to their communities through more than 125,000 volunteer hours
  • We continue to invest in technology, our faculty, and our facilities.

2009-2010 Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

The ITBS is given to elementary and middle school students to test their understanding of key concepts. Fifty percent is considered average.

ITBS Scores

Our Schools

Today the 8,000 Catholic schools across the United States are regarded as a gift to the church and a gift to the nation. Catholic education goes back deep into U.S. history - to at least 1606. That year, expressing their desire "to teach children Christian doctrine, reading and writing," the Franciscans opened a school in what's now St. Augustine, Fla. U.S. Catholics faced the ongoing crisis of religious vocations, welcomed the invigorating contributions of Hispanics and other new arrivals, celebrated 2000 years of Christianity at the Millennium and reeled at the horrors of 9/11. But through it all, Catholic schools are there for their families, community, nation and church and they continue to be a gift to the church and a gift to the nation.

The Diocese of Orlando has a total of 37 schools in 8 of the 9 counties it covers. It is the second largest with five high schools, thirty-one elementary schools, and one special education school.

Brevard County

Ascension Catholic School
Divine Mercy Catholic School
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
Our Saviour Catholic School
St. Joseph Parish School
St. Mary Catholic School
St. Teresa Catholic School
Melbourne Central Catholic High School

Lake County

St. Paul Catholic School

Marion County

Blessed Trinity Catholic School
Trinity Catholic High School

Orange County

Good Shepherd Catholic School
Holy Family Catholic School
Morning Star School - Special Education
St. Andrew Catholic School
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School
St. James Cathedral School
St. John Vianney Catholic School
St. Margaret Mary Catholic School
Bishop Moore Catholic High School

Osceola County

Holy Redeemer Catholic School
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Polk County

Resurrection Catholic School
St. Anthony Catholic School
St. Joseph Catholic Academy
St. Joseph Catholic School
Santa Fe Catholic High School

Seminole County

All Souls Catholic School
Annunciation Catholic Academy
St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School

Volusia County

Basilica School of St. Paul
Lourdes Academy
Sacred Heart Catholic School
St. Brendan Catholic School
St. Peter Catholic School
Father Lopez Catholic High School

 

Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award - Designation as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education is considered the highest honor that an American school can achieve.19 out of our 37 schools have received this award since 1985.

    School Year 2009-2010
  • St. Andrew Catholic School, Orlando
    School Year 2005-2006
  • St. James Cathedral School, Orlando
  • St. John Vianney Catholic School, Orlando
    School Year 1993-1994
  • St. Joseph Catholic School, Palm Bay
    School Year 2008-2009
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School, New Smyrna Beach
    School Year 2004-2005
  • All Souls Catholic School, Sanford
  • Divine Mercy Catholic School, Merritt Island
  • Our Saviour Catholic School, Cocoa Beach
  • Resurrection Catholic School, Lakeland
  • St. Mary Catholic School, Rockledge
    School Year 1990-1991
  • Melbourne Central Catholic High School, Melbourne
    School Year 2007-2008
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, Orlando
    School Year 2003-2004
  • Annunciation Catholic Academy, Altamonte Springs
  • Ascension Catholic School, Melbourne
  • Holy Name of Jesus School, Indialantic
    School Year 1985-1986
  • Ascension Catholic School, Melbourne
    School Year 2006-2007
  • Holy Family Catholic School, Orlando
  • Lourdes Academy, Daytona Beach
  • St. Joseph Parish School, Palm Bay
  • St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, Winter Park
  • St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs
    School Year 2000-2001
  • Good Shepherd School, Orlando
  • Holy Name of Jesus School, Indialantic

Student Expectations

The Diocese of Orlando has recognized Florida's Goal 3 Standards as good expectations of student performance and has adapted them to meet the expectations of students graduating from Catholic high schools. The following ten standards are broad areas of knowledge and competence that exiting Catholic high school students are expected to have when they graduate.

  1. Performance standards are defined through statement of outcomes that support each standard
  2. The exit-level skills required for entering postsecondary education and the world of work in the information age are the same and can be measured through a variety of assessment activities.
  3. Exit levels on the Goal Three performance standards will be established using a Gospel-based developmental approach, performance expectations at pre-exit levels will be established as benchmarks for assessing adequate progress.
  4. One of the criteria for the success of a Catholic school is determined by the extent to which each individual student in the school is making progress toward the performance standards. Some students may need individual accommodations in order to progress toward the performance standards and outcomes. These accommodations are based on Catholic philosophy and respect for each student.
  5. Gospel-based performance standards are written at the highest operational levels (e.g., analysis, synthesis, evaluation) and are based on the belief that individual students learn at different rates. Competency at such a high level requires student understanding, and use of content and foundation skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics.
  6. Assessment practices should serve but not determine the performance standards and should be based on the belief that all students can succeed.
  7. Performance standards should be designed so that students may go beyond them by broadening the learning areas within which the standards are applied.
  8. In order to reach high operational performance standards, teaching and learning in the Diocese of Orlando Catholic schools will be fundamentally structured in keeping with the principles of academic excellence and faith formation.
  9. The exit-level skills, knowledge, and values provide a framework within which the essential concepts of the curriculum frameworks will be incorporated. This framework provides a baseline measure for curriculum development in the Diocese of Orlando.

Standard #1 – Information Managers

Standard #2 – Effective Communicators

Standard #3 – Numeric Problem Solvers

Standard #4 – Critical and Creative Thinkers

Standard #5 – Ethical and Responsible Workers

Standard #6 – Resource Managers

Standard #7 – Systems Managers

Standard #8 – Cooperative Workers

Standard #9 – Effective Leaders

Standard #10 – Culturally Sensitive Learners

Sports & Enrichment Programs

Sports Programs

All the schools in the Diocese of Orlando participate in local sports league. They offer a well-planned and directed athletic program for students of all ages. Activities include soccer, baseball, softball, flag football, volleyball, basketball, track, golf, cheerleading, and many more. Any student participating in a sports activity is expected to:

  • Exhibit Christ-like character at all times
  • Maintain a 2.0/C average at all times.
  • Do their personal best in academics and behavior.
  • Give fully of himself / herself during the practice and games.
  • Be accepting of his/her mistakes.
  • Strive to win without placing undue pressure on self or teammates.
  • Recognize and respect strengths and weaknesses of teammates.
  • Accept the guidance of coaches.
  • Respect the decisions of officials and umpires.
  • Refrain from offensive language and actions.

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Immunization Policy

Catholic Schools within the Diocese of Orlando require enrolling students to submit a Florida Department of Health Certificate of Immunization as provided for in Florida Statute 1003.22 as a condition precedent to acceptance. Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orlando do not recognize a religious objection to this immunization.

Bishop Noonan Immunization Letter

The National Catholic Bioethics Center Letter

Florida Department of Health Immunization Guidelines

Contact Us  

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1800
Orlando, Florida
32802-1800

Physical Address:
50 East Robinson
Orlando, Florida
32801

Telephone:
407-246-4800

Fax:
407-246-4942

E-mail:
info@orlandodiocese.org

 

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