St. Gregory enjoys the rare distinction of being a three-time U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, the only school in East Texas to earn this designation.
Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award honors public and private K-12 schools that are academically superior. The Department seeks out schools whose students attain and maintain high academic goals. Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models for other schools across the nation.
With commitment, high energy, research-based knowledge and standardized assessments in the top 15% of the nation, Blue Ribbon Schools epitomize quality education. The Blue Ribbon Award is the highest academic honor any public or private school can attain.
- Students in grades one to five consistently score in the top 15 percent of the nation on norm-referenced standardized testing, a prerequisite to Blue Ribbon eligibility.
- St. Gregory ranks among 1 percent of all schools nationwide to earn this designation three times (1999, 2006, 2014).
St. Gregory participates in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), a nonprofit organization devoted to meeting the academic and social needs of gifted students in fourth and fifth grades.
Students must score at or above 95% on a subtest of the IOWA Assessments, a nationally standardized achievement test, or the CogAT, a measure of cognitive abilities, to qualify for Duke TIP. These students are in the top 5% in the nation.
82% of the 5th-grade class and 54% of the 4th-grade class received this recognition in the 2016-17 academic year.
St. Gregory participates in PSIA, a nonprofit education organization serving students in private schools in Texas.
Offering 59 academic contests in Math, Science, Language Arts, Speech, Social Studies, and Fine Arts since 1998, PSIA remains the most comprehensive academic extracurricular program in America for students in grades 1 through 8.