What Are Some of the Renowned Catholic Schools in America?

Among the most renowned Catholic schools in the United States are Rice Memorial in South Burlington, Vermont; Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon; and the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. Each school is a national leader in athletics and classical liberal arts curriculum.

Rice Memorial and Jesuit High School are both secondary schools. As of 2015, they rank 41st and 23rd respectively out of the 50 Best Christian High Schools, according to TheBestSchools.org. Community service is part of the curriculum at Jesuit, and its nearly 1,000 students attend mass regularly, participate in faith support groups and are allowed under Oregon law to play sports at their local public high schools.

A little more than 400 students attend Rice Memorial, and roughly 90 percent go on to college. Rice excels at academics, with 12 Honors and eight Advanced Placement courses. Rice employs an open online interface that parents and students can use to access homework assignments. The school's ministry entails students serving local homeless and elderly populations or traveling to the ground zero of natural disasters and assisting responders.

Founded in 1842, Notre Dame has five colleges: the Mendoza College for Business, the globally recognized School of Architecture, Science, Arts & Letters, and Engineering. Notre Dame is arguably best known as the home of a legendary athletics presence, collectively known as the "Fighting Irish," and as a research university. Recent noteworthy research projects include genome mapping and ranking global vulnerability to climate change.