The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education recently recognized 65 parish and regional elementary schools as this year’s Archdiocesan Schools of Distinguished Instruction.

Two categories of achievement were noted: growth and exceeding potential.

According to information released Monday, Nov. 8, 28 schools exhibited growth, determined by comparing the Normal Curve Equivalent (NCE) score from this year’s testing to the NCE examinations taken by students in the previous academic year.


Exceeding potential, for which there were 14 schools recognized, was determined by analyzing the data from the ability testing (InView) and the achievement testing in which schools were found to have 90% of the classes meeting or exceeding their potential in all content areas at every level tested.

An additional 23 schools were honored in both categories.

“Along with my colleagues in the Office of Catholic Education and our valued partners, I am proud of our schools for achieving excellence, especially in light of the COVID-19 related challenges of the past two academic years,” said Andrew McLaughlin, archdiocesan secretary for elementary education. “We thank all of our administrators, teachers, parents, and students. They are a testament to the power of collaboration in Catholic education and the academic milestones they achieved are outstanding.”

Recognized for Growth and Exceeding Potential

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School, Doylestown
Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic Elementary School, West Brandywine
SS. Peter and Paul School, West Chester
St. Elizabeth Parish School, Chester Springs
SS. Colman-John Neumann School, Bryn Mawr
St. Cecilia School, Philadelphia
SS. Philip and James School, Exton
Maternity B.V.M. Catholic Elementary School, Philadelphia
Resurrection Regional Catholic School, Philadelphia
St. Katherine of Siena Catholic School, Philadelphia
St. Aloysius Parish School, Pottstown
Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School, King of Prussia
Holy Trinity School, Morrisville
St. Katherine Drexel School, Southampton
Holy Family School, Phoenixville
St. Norbert Catholic School, Paoli
Holy Cross Catholic School, Springfield
St. Dorothy School, Drexel Hill
Holy Redeemer School, Philadelphia
St. Anselm School, Philadelphia
St. Matthew School, Philadelphia
Visitation B.V.M., Trooper
Presentation B.V.M. School, Cheltenham

Recognized for Growth

St. Jude School, Chalfont
St. Patrick School, Malvern
Cardinal John Foley Regional Catholic School, Havertown
Our Lady of Calvary Catholic School, Philadelphia
St. Laurentius Catholic School of the Arts and Sciences, Philadelphia
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Elementary School, Penndel
St. Charles Borromeo School, Bensalem
SS. Simon and Jude School, West Chester
St. Agnes School, West Chester
St. Joseph School, Downingtown
St. Maximillian Kolbe School, West Chester
St. Pius X School, Broomall
St. Anastasia School, Newtown Square
St. Eugene School, Primos
St. Katharine of Siena School, Wayne
St. Ignatius of Antioch School, Yardley
St. Isidore School, Quakertown
St. Laurence School, Upper Darby
St. Francis de Sales School, Philadelphia
St. George Independent Catholic School, Philadelphia
St. Jerome School, Philadelphia
St. Mark School, Bristol
St. Pio Regional Catholic School, Philadelphia
St. Andrew School, Drexel Hill
St. Bernadette School, Drexel Hill
St. Luke Catholic School, Glenside
St. Francis Xavier School, Philadelphia
St. Peter the Apostle School, Philadelphia

Recognized for Exceeding Potential

St. Andrew School, Newtown
Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Philadelphia
St. Genevieve School, Flourtown
St. James Regional Catholic School, Ridley Park
Our Mother of Consolation Parish School, Philadelphia
Corpus Christi Catholic School, Lansdale
Our Lady of Hope of Catholic School, Philadelphia
St. Hilary of Poitiers School, Rydal
Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, Willow Grove
Mater Dei Catholic School, Lansdale
St. Albert the Great Catholic School, Huntingdon Valley
St. Francis of Assisi School, Springfield
Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic School, Swarthmore
St. Mary Catholic School, Schwenksville