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Awards & Accolades

Aquinas stands as a beacon of academic excellence, renowned for its commitment to holistic education and unwavering values. We are proud of our faculty, staff, and community, whose dedication and contributions have been instrumental in shaping and enriching our school into the esteemed institution it is today.

Aquinas has garnered numerous awards and accolades for its exceptional programs, dedicated faculty, and outstanding student achievements. With a rich history of nurturing young minds and fostering a culture of intellectual curiosity, Aquinas offers a transformative educational experience that prepares students not only for academic success but also for a meaningful and purposeful life.

We stand out among other private, catholic schools, and here is why:

Aquinas was named best private school in Rochester in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.
Aquinas is one of the only high school's in the U.S. to have a boxing program! Watch a short video of the Aquinas Mission Bouts below:
In 2023/2024, Aquinas had students from 22 districts, over 4 counties, and 8 foreign countries.
Aquinas is one of the only high schools in Rochester to have a full dance program.
The Stars of Tomorrow, which is run by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League for participating high school theatre programs, sends adjudicators to the Aquinas spring musical each year and provides feedback to students from an outside perspective. Additionally, they host a ceremony each year during which they present awards with recognitions in different areas of theatrical excellence.
In 2023, the College Board announced that Aquinas was named within the Advanced Placement Program (AP) School Honor Roll, earning a Gold distinction. The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools earn recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness. Only 30% of eligible high schools earned this recognition. Aquinas has 70% of seniors who took at least one AP exam, 42% of seniors scoring a three or higher on at least one exam, and 33% of seniors who took five or more AP exams. Aquinas currently offers 16 AP courses.