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Student Achievement

Student Achievement

St. Brendan Parish School prides itself on its excellent academic record and its exceptional preparation of its students for the rigors of high school and college. Our students consistently excel on standardized tests and exceed the expectations of the many institutions of higher learning to which they matriculate.

Each year in September, the Iowa Test is given to assess where a student is in his/her learning in comparison to other students at the same grade level in the school and across the country. At St. Brendan, the most important use of these tests is to track students’ growth from year to year.

Trends consistently indicate that with each passing year, our students out-perform their grade levels by an ever-increasing margin, such that by the time students get to eighth grade they are, on average, performing at the level of college freshmen. By the eighth grade, our students' average standardized test scores are in the 86-96% range, (i.e. in top 15% percent of the nation). In other words, the longer a student is at St. Brendan School, the more exponential growth he or she experiences.

School-wide Iowa Test Grade Equivalency Scores,  2015-2016

 

National

Grade Equivalency

 

St. Brendan School

Grade Equivalency

 

Grade 2

2.0

2.6

Grade 3

3.0

4

Grade 4

4.0

5.5

Grade 5

5.0

7.1

Grade 6

6.0

8.1

Grade 7

7.0

9.8

Grade 8

8.0

13 (College Freshman)

 

 St. Brendan 5th and 8th graders took the National Catholic Education Association Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (NCEA ACRE) assessment in February. ACRE is a method of evaluating how well students are absorbing their faith. Results of this assessment are compared to a national profile of students. An analysis of outcomes from the 2015-16 testing confirms that our students outperformed peers in Catholic schools across the nation.

    NCEA ACRE  RESULTS 2016

 

Domain

5th Grade

Nat’l Average

St Brendan

5th grade Average

 

8th Grade

Nat’lAverage

St Brendan

8th grade Average

1 – Faith Knowledge

73

82.5

 

82

80

2 – Liturgical Life

71

88.5

 

74

91

3 –Moral Formation

80

87.1

 

70

86

4 – Prayer

67

81.7

 

80

90

5 – Communal Life

74

81.2

 

63

74

6 – Prayer

57

72.6

 

60

79

Pillars

 

 

 

 

 

1 – Profession of Faith (Creed)

73

82.6

 

73

82.6

2 – Liturgy and Sacraments

71

88.5

 

71

85.5

3 – Morality

73

81.1

 

73

81.1

4- Prayer

 

81.1

 

67

81.7

                                      

In addition to their outstanding performance on standardized tests, our students frequently distinguish themselves and our school at various competitions and are often recognized by the wider education community for their achievements. Distinctions include:

  • Placements in local, regional, and state-wide science fairs

  • Placement in local, regional and state-wide geography bees
  • Placement in local, regional and state-wide art competitions
  • Championship wins across all CYO athletics programs
 

Our students are accepted at the City’s best college preparatory high schools (for detailed information, click here). Approximately 80% of our graduates receive the additional recognition of being accepted with various distinctions and honors, including:

 Sacred Heart Cathedral

  • Acceptance in the De Paul Scholar Program and the Inquiry and Innovation Program
 
St. Ignatius College Preparatory
  • Acceptance with Distinction
  • Acceptance with honors

 

Archbishop Riordan High School

  •  Acceptance to the St. Francis Scholar Program