St. Pius X High School
Ellie Hill ‘15, Director of Marketing
(636) 931-7487 ext. 144
Release Date: September 26, 2022
St. Pius X High School has been named a 2022 Cognia™ School of Distinction for excellence in education. Cognia, the global nonprofit school improvement organization, recognizes pre-K–12 education institutions that exemplify excellence in education. They recognized 96 schools out of more than 1,500 schools in the United States and Puerto Rico and nine other countries across the globe as Cognia Schools and Systems of Distinction.
Mrs. Karen DeCosty, St. Pius X principal, stated “It is truly an honor to be a part of this amazing school. The faculty and staff are so dedicated to the success of our students. Their dedication, not only focuses on the academic growth of our students, but also their spiritual growth and overall well-being. Educating the whole child is not easy to do in today’s world with all of the distractions around us, but this community works hard at blocking out those distractions and staying focused on what is important, which is a strong Catholic education and setting students up for success after high school. I would like to thank the faculty and staff at St. Pius X High School for their hard work and dedication. It is nice to see them recognized! St. Pius X - Pray for Us”.
St. Pius X participated in Cognia’s rigorous Accreditation Engagement Review process, which is based on research-based performance standards, in January 2022. The process includes a third-party review by education experts of evidence, interviews, and classroom observations. The evaluation covers Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity, and Resource Capacity, as well as a demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement.
“St. Pius X High School is to be commended on their recognition as a School of Distinction,” said Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia. “Cognia Accreditation is already a mark of distinction recognized around the world. Being named a School or System of Distinction further recognizes the commitment to education quality St. Pius X has for its learners,” he added.
About St. Pius X High School
Founded in 1959, St. Pius X High School is a co-ed, four-year, college preparatory school. St. Pius X includes a community of 300 students and a staff of caring teachers and administrators. St. Pius X serves both Catholic and non-Catholic students.St. Pius X High School is a Catholic community dedicated to the education of the whole person, in an environment where extraordinary care and concern for the individual is ordinary.
Jim Lehn, President
Karen DeCosty, Principal
St. Pius X High School earned accreditation from Cognia. Cognia provides nationally recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet Cognia's high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.
Cognia provides the Index of Education Quality (IEQ) as a holistic measure of overall performance based on a comprehensive set of standards and review criteria. This formative tool for improvement identifies areas of success and areas in need of focus. The IEQ comprises the Standards Diagnostic ratings from the three Domains: Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity, and Resource Capacity. Part of the tradition and legacy of St. Pius X High School has been maintaining our accreditation since it opened its doors. In January 2022 St. Pius X High School was evaluated and received an IEQ of 365 out of 400. The average (range) of all Cognia Improvement Network (CIN) institutions evaluated for accreditation in the last five years is CIN 5 Year IEQ Range 278.34 – 283.33. St. Pius X High School far exceeds the average at 365.
Cognia is a global nonprofit improvement organization dedicated to helping institutions and other education providers grow learners, educators, and leaders. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, and professional services within a framework of continuous improvement. Serving more than 36,000 public and private institutions from early learning through high school in 85 countries, Cognia brings a global perspective to advancing teaching and learning.
Most recent accreditation: January 2022