Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (September 24, 2020) Today, the U.S. Department of Education recognized Brother Rice High School as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School for its academic excellence– one of just 367 awarded nationally and one of just 50 private schools recognized from across the country. The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12 and 13.

Brother Rice Principal Ed Okuniewski said, “We are blessed to have a rigorous curriculum and a history of high academic success at Brother Rice, but it is our people who make the difference and deserve credit for this honor. Our success begins with our teachers, is due to the hard work of our students, and would not be possible without the support of our parents. This is a prideful moment for our entire community.”

Brother Rice High School, inspired by the graced teachings of Blessed Edmund Rice, forms in young men of diverse circumstance life-giving values of faith and morals, character and integrity, knowledge and wisdom. As a Catholic high school, our graduates bear the responsibility to live lives of service, leadership, and good in the world today. Rooted in the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education, a Brother Rice student is empowered by dynamic teachers, engaged parents, and accomplished alumni to employ his God-given gifts in the pursuit of an authentic, impactful and meaningful life

Guided by the pursuit of personal excellence, students undertake a rigorous college preparatory program spanning a range of studies and learning support services from our distinctive Achieve Plus program and 1:1 iPad offering, to 38 Honors and Advanced Placement courses. The Band of Brothers peer leadership program is the centerpiece of a robust cocurricular offering bolstering self-confidence, forging leadership skills, and nurturing socialemotional well-being. With more than 25 student-led clubs and organizations, 27 interscholastic teams, and international and domestic mission-service experiences, a student embraces his responsibility to be his best-self in the classroom, on the playing field, and in all facets of his life.

The legacy of Brother Rice High School tells a vivid story of a proud history measured not in institutional awards, academic honors, faith experiences, and 68 state championships, but witnessed within a community of students, parents, and alumni sharing a common bond and a lasting passion for personal faith, character, and excellence.

Founded in 1960 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers of Ireland, Brother Rice is a private, fully accredited, four-year Catholic college preparatory school for young men. Brother Rice High School fosters the spiritual, intellectual, cultural and moral development of its students. The Brother Rice community promotes excellence through an environment conducive to life-long personal growth, and responsible, moral decision making in a Christian atmosphere.

The Brother Rice student body is composed of over 600 young men with a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, talents and interests. Each student is a unique contributor to the Brother Rice family

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