Accreditation is validation of the strength of our programs
Recently the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Charleston were accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (AdvancEd).
Teachers, staff, parents, students, and community friends worked together for a year to complete a self-study and prepare documentation for the Assessment Committee to review and evaluate.
Schools were visited and many of those who worked on the self study were interviewed to determine that all standards were met. This is a qualified verification of the strength of the program offered.
One of the primary philosophies of the accreditation process is that there is always room for improvement. In keeping with that concept, the Diocesan schools have been divided into regions. Each region has been asked to set a goal to work on together. During the past few years, the Upstate schools have been working on improving student writing skills. We have completed that effort as a goal and remain determined to continue emphasize these skills.
Our new goal is to improve the critical thinking skills of our students. In a time where children are given much and little is asked of them, the teachers and principals decided this was an area of great need. Our students need to know how to think through situations and arrive at solutions and opinions. This goal will be worked on in every subject area.
We are looking forward to an exciting 2012 – 2013 school year full of growth and wonderful experiences for us all!
“We are very proud of our students
and of our faculty members
who are dedicated to our mission.”
— Patti Lanthier
Principal, St. Paul School