All Archdiocesan high schools and elementary schools are accredited as a system through AdvancED. This school year marks the beginning of each school’s participation in a self-study in order to support their continuous improvement process. The Department of Catholic Schools is preparing for the system-wide accreditation review, which will culminate in a visit by an AdvancED External Review Team in November 2016. Each school is evaluated based on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. These standards and benchmarks can be found at

AdvancED is A Performance-based model that...

  • Adopts a balanced, systemic approach
  • Employs diagnostic tools
  • Uses Standards, stakeholder feedback, student performance
  • Focuses on evaluating performance

All schools must...

  • Meet AdvancED Standards for Quality
  • Implement continuous improvement process
  • Update demographics
  • Conduct Internal Review which includes a
    • Self Assessment
    • Executive Summary
    • Stakeholder Feedback and Student Performance Diagnostic
    • Improvement Plan
    • Assurances
  • Host External Review once every five years
  • Respond to Improvement Priorities in Accreditation Progress Report