Cardinal Newman Society Honor Roll School

Saint Agnes School has been named three times (2012, 2014, and 2018) to the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a Catholic school of excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS). The criteria to earn Honor Roll status are primarily based upon academic excellence and a strong, mission-focused Catholic identity. In 2012, Saint Agnes School was among a group of only 50 Catholic high schools in the nation that earned this prestigious recognition; since then, the Honor Roll has expanded to recognize K-6, K-8, and K-12 Catholic schools. The Honor Roll, no longer a 2-year status, is now awarded for a period five years and requires an annual renewal with CNS. Currently, Saint Agnes School is an active Honor Roll school until the next renew in 2023.

In addition to academic excellence and a strong Catholic identity, each Honor Roll school must demonstrate that it is rooted in five essential principles of Catholic education which are derived from Church teaching. Those principles are:
I. Inspired by Divine Mission
II. Models Christian Community & Identity
III. Encounters Christ in Prayer, Scripture, & Sacrament
IV. Integrally Forms the Human Person
V. Imparts a Christian Understanding of the World


Read and learn more about these five essential principles as articulated by the Cardinal Newman Society. Below is the Press Release from our announcement in May of 2018:

Saint Agnes School Named to the Catholic Education Honor Roll
Manassas, Va. – Today, Saint Agnes School was recognized as a Catholic Education Honor Roll School. The national Honor Roll program is directed by the Cardinal Newman Society and has recognized over 300 high-performing Catholic high schools nationwide since the program’s inception in 2004.

Saint Agnes School engaged in a thorough internal and external review of its comprehensive program offerings before being awarded this status. It has received specific recognition for its strong integration of Catholic identity throughout its efforts, including the integrity of its mission, and the strength of its community and rich spiritual live. The Honor Roll also recognized the school’s efforts at integral formation of the minds, bodies, and spirits of its students as well as its comprehensive academic program which seeks to instill a Christian vision of the world and human wisdom and culture.

“The Honor Roll is a helpful tool for families and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school,” said Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “It is external validation that a school is both focused and successful in meeting the high calling of Catholic schools to serve the well-being and salvation of students and to serve the common good.”

Dr. Denise Donohue, coordinator of the Honor Roll, stated, “We are very pleased to have Saint Agnes School join in the nationally recognized ranks of excellence; this is a select group. The school has well demonstrated they are successful in meeting the key principles that guide Catholic education.”

Saint Agnes’ head of school, Dr. Kevin Ferdinandt, remarked, “It is great affirmation for Saint Agnes to be recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll. This distinction confirms our commitment to the mission of Catholic education. I applaud the leadership, administration, students, parents, teachers, and staff for their hard work in assuring a strong Catholic identity permeates all that we do in preparing our students to be future leaders in both society and the Church.” More information on the Catholic Education Honor Roll is available at honorroll@CatholicEducationHonorRoll.org.