St. Bartholomew Catholic School was named one of 287 Four Star Schools for the 2014-15 school year, the second year in a row the school has achieved that honor and the only school in Columbus to earn the rating.

The Indiana Department of Education gives the honor to schools in the top 25th percentile in two ISTEP-based categories that include those receiving an “A” grade by the state, in addition to being accredited.

St. Bartholomew, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade, has 369 students enrolled this year.

Principal Helen Heckman said the rating is a testament to the school’s dedicated teachers who look at the school as a vocation and are constantly improving their craft. “They want to always do the best for kids. They really love the kids and care about the families,” she said.

Heckman said involvement by school families is also a reason the school has achieved the Four Star ranking.

“It’s a conscious choice to bring students here. Education is important to them,” she said.

Today is the final classroom day of the school year.