Magdalen Catholic School in Wichita, Kansas has been named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. For 36 years, the U.S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award nationally to America’s most successful public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools. This year, Magdalen Catholic School will join the list of 349 schools across the U.S. recognized for overall academic performance or progress in closing the achievement gaps by U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.


The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates non-public schools, including parochial and independent schools on the basis of Exemplary and High Performing if their student achievement in English and mathematics is among the top 15% in the country. The National Blue Ribbon flag-waving overhead a school has become a trademark of excellence, a symbol of quality recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. 


Janet Eaton, Superintendent Catholic Diocese of Wichita, “We are thrilled that Magdalen Catholic School, led by Principal Kristin Schmitz and Fr. John Jirak, is being recognized as a 2018 Blue Ribbon School.  This distinguished award speaks volumes to the exemplary Catholic education offered at this school.  We are extremely proud of the staff, students, and the entire Magdalen parish.”