Chesterton Academy Earns Prestigious “School of Excellence” Designation from the Cardinal Newman Society

National Catholic Education Honor Roll Recognizes Chesterton Academyfor Excellence in Catholic Identity and Academics


MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (September 15, 2014) – Chesterton Academy announced today that it was recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a 2014 School of Excellence. The Honor Roll, sponsored by the Cardinal Newman Society, recognizes secondary schools that are committed to strong Catholic identity and academic excellence. Chesterton Academy was among just seventy-one schools that received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence. This is less than five percent of Catholic high schools in the United States.

The Catholic Education Honor Roll recognition was formerly known as the Top 50 Award. In September of 2012, Chesterton Academy was named one of the “Top 50″ Catholic high schools in the nation by the Cardinal Newman Society. This award was a two-year designation.

“To be recognized for a second time in a row by the Cardinal Newman Society is a great honor”, said Headmaster John Niemann. “The greatest witness to academic excellence and the commitment to the faith comes from our students themselves. As Jacob Hornecker, Class of 2014 and now a seminarian at the St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, said in a recent video featuring student testimonies, ‘It’s great to have every teacher know the faith, love the faith, and want to help teach the faith.’”

“Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school education,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “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—and we are delighted to see the increased level of competition among the schools that participated in the program this year.”

The announcement comes just a few weeks after Chesterton Academy announced that several additional schools are opening around the country based on the Chesterton model: faithful, affordable, classical education taught through the lens of the Catholic faith. Dale Ahlquist, Chesterton Academy co-founder and president of the American Chesterton Society said, “We believe that the Chesterton model can inspire schools all over the country that will be similarly recognized for their leadership in renewing Catholic education.”

About Chesterton Academy The result of a grass-roots movement of parents, Chesterton Academy offers an integrated college preparatory curriculum taught through the lens of the Catholic faith. Launched in fall of 2008 with just 10 students, the school now enrolls 130 students in grades 9 through 12 and offers summer school programs, options for home school students, and adult enrichment classes.

Named for the great English writer G.K. Chesterton, Chesterton Academy raises up virtuous young men and women in the Catholic tradition of faith and reason, centered on the truth of the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Inspired by Saint Pope John Paul II, we take as our motto “Cultura Vitae”, “the culture of life.” We make it our mission to prepare our students to triumph over the materialism and despair that pervade our culture and to accept our Lord’s offer to have life and have it abundantly. Learn more at


John Niemann, Headmaster E-Mail: Phone: 952.378.1779

Emily de Rotstein, Executive Director E-Mail: Phone: 651.756.9613

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