2016 National Blue Ribbon School

About the Blue Ribbon Schools Program

Holy Trinity School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

The National Blue Ribbon School award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve at high levels or where the achievement gap is narrowing. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria:

  1. Schools whose students are high performing. These are schools ranked among each state’s highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments or, in the case of private schools, that score at the highest performance level on nationally normed tests; or
  2. Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by the school’s performance on state assessments or nationally normed tests.

HTS earned its Blue Ribbon status as an Exemplary High Performing school.

About HTS

As a key ministry of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Holy Trinity School (HTS) is committed to the Jesuit traditions of educational excellence, the service of faith, and the promotion of justice. HTS is a Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade Catholic school located in the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington D.C. HTS draws students from Virginia and Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia. Families choose Holy Trinity for its Catholic identity, Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, location, and strong sense of community.

Holy Trinity School, the oldest elementary school in the District of Columbia, offers a dynamic learning environment. The school’s theme “Young People for Others: taking care of each other and our world” invites students to use their gifts in service to others. Since the school’s founding in 1818, HTS has continued to integrate the spirituality of St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus, into its mission, the heart of which is developing young women and men who excel academically and use their expanding skills to benefit the community.

The school has a current enrollment of approximately 340 students. While 90% of students are Catholic, the school has a growing diverse student body (22% of families define themselves as racially or ethnically diverse). HTS accepts students of all races, cultures, religions, and socio-economic status. Approximately 21% of students receive financial aid. The school also offers a scholarship program (Gavigan) which serves 10 low-income, high-potential students annually. Named for a former pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, this program reflects a passion for outreach by offering a loving, supportive environment where personal growth and academic excellence thrive.

The principal of Holy Trinity School, Charlie Hennessy, has the distinct privilege and responsibility for guiding the school community in living its mission. All faculty and staff engage in fostering the development of Jesuit ideals in our students.  The National Blue Ribbon award honors the entire Holy Trinity School community:  faculty, staff, students, and parents, and affirms the support of our Jesuit priests and Holy Trinity Parish.