National Blue Ribbon Award
For Excellence 2001 | 2015

Raising the Bar

Blue Ribbon Pin

St. Pius X School provides students with an exemplary Catholic education as evidenced by reception of the National Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence in 2001 and 2015. St. Pius X Elementary School emphasizes student learning by differentiating instruction, tiered content, and implementing Response to Intervention (RTI). Teachers participate in Professional Learning Communities to discuss student learning and the most effective Best Practice methods. Our students are provided a well-rounded education that emphasizes language arts, reading, social studies, math and science, as well as Spanish, art, music, physical education, and computer/library instruction. This comprehensive education has helped our students to consistently score well above average on standardized tests. They are prepared to live, learn, and work in a globally competitive society, while achieving their full potential.

Critical thinking and logical problem solving skills are evident throughout the math and science curricula. St. Pius X students consistently score in the top ten percent of diocesan students who participate in the high school Algebra 1 class and represent St. Pius in the Diocesan Academic Competition as well as the district, regional and state science fair. The science curriculum is the most up-to-date and is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Students participate in weekly hands-on experiments to learn about the scientific method. A variety of STEM activities are incorporated throughout the math and science curricula to help students take an active role in their education and to learn to apply their knowledge to various individual and group projects.

Technology is an important aspect of 21st century learning. St. Pius X students are exposed to a variety of technological tools through weekly computer class, the use of iPads, classroom computers, iPods, Interwrite boards, and an endless array of learning apps. Students in grades five through eight have their own chrome books for daily use.

Responsibility and respect for individual differences is reflected in our schools’ academic curriculum. Teachers have been trained in Responsive Classroom techniques. They implement these strategies in the primary grades and reinforce those strategies in the intermediate and junior high grades through the Circle of Power and Respect. Students are taught to treat others in a Christ-like manner. Teachers are viewed as models of respect to guide and facilitate healthy communication.