Pinecrest Academy was recently named among the nation’s best Catholic high schools for the sixth consecutive year.
Upper School Principal Edward Lindekugel said the distinction is “extremely important” for the private school off Peachtree Parkway in south Forsyth.
“Our purpose for existence is to transform society by forming our students into leaders utilizing the metrics of traditional Catholic education,” he said.
“Recognition as one of the top-50 Catholic high schools is an affirmation that our work is true to the long tradition of Catholic educational excellence.”
Pinecrest was one of just two Georgia schools to make the top-50 list in the Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic High School Honor Roll competition.
The competition began in 2004 and has since had more than 750 schools apply for the distinction, Lindekugel said.
The honor roll was created by The Acton Institute in 2004. The Cardinal Newman Society assumed the program this year, consistent with its mission of helping Catholic families and promoting faithful Catholic education.
Schools in the running for the distinction range in size and age, as well as tuition rates and student admissions policies. They are ranked based on Catholic identity, civic education and academics.
Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, said in a statement that the Honor Roll schools are “a reminder that Catholic education is getting better every day.”
“Not only academically, but in the renewal of Catholic identity,” he said. “And we are delighted to see the increased level of competition among the schools that participated in the program this year.”
Pinecrest has nearly 240 students in its high school and about 26 faculty members.
Lindekugel said to qualify for the honor, “we completed an exhaustive survey,” including course names and descriptions, books used, student service requirements, clubs and activities and sacramental life opportunities offered.
The school first received the recognition in 2007 and has continued to do so every year since.
Lindekugel said it’s “validation of the efforts of so many in our community to provide an environment consistent with the long-standing tradition of excellence in Catholic education.”