St. Pius X is dedicated to the goal of academic excellence for all students.
St. Pius X is known for academic excellence. Students excel in classes and have the opportunity to expand their horizons by competing with students from other schools in academic challenges. The experience reinforces classroom learning and adds to the total educational experience.
Some of the 2011-2012 achievements
- In the 2012 National French Contest,( Le Grand Concours) Victoria Ruiz, Class of 2012, placed first in the state and seventh in the nation in French IV; Maria Warfield, class of 2012, placed fourth in the state and 11th in the nation in French III, Priscilla Sierra, class of 2013, place fifth in stat and 13 in the nation in French III, and Kelly Cox, class of 2015, place fifth in state and 12th in the nation in French I.
- Three National Merit Scholarship finalists: Troy Hatfield, winner; Thien-Nam Dinh and Peter Sinclair
- Three National Merit Scholarship letters of commendation: James Bunch, Daniel Fumkin and Danielle Wrasman.
- The class of 2012 garnered more than $7.7million in college scholarships.
- St. Pius X Decathlon Team won the state championship for the 11th time in the last 13 years and placed fifth in the national finals which took place in Albuquerque. The competitive program is the largest academic high school contest in the country.
- For the second year, DECA students participated in the International DECA Conference. DECA is a class that focuses on marketing, management, and entrepreneurship.
- For the first year, St. Pius X students competed in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) at the University of Colorado in Boulder in February. Students, Andrea Garcia, Alysia Hernandez, Doreen Chavez, Sha Lager won 5 out of 7 rounds and tied for second place. Unfortunately, when a tie happens, judges look at the total points earned for the day, so the team didn't get to compete in the final round. Teacher Deborah Green said that University professors and representatives from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) who were facilitating the competition made it a point to congratulate us for doing so well as a first year team.See story in the Albuquerque Journal.