The Office of Catholic Schools was awarded archdiocesan-wide accreditation status through AdvancED in 2013; Archdiocesan Schools are awarded accreditation status through AdvancED (the parent company of SACS). To merit this status, schools engaged in a rigorous self-study, followed by an external review completed by the AdvancED team. This review focused on the areas of:

  • Purpose and direction
  • Governance and leadership
  • Teaching and learning
  • Resources and support systems
  • Using results for continuous improvement

Having received archdiocesan accreditation, our 18 archdiocesan schools committed to the process of continuous improvement. As a focus of this improvement, specific goals were identified. These goals are:

  • Continue to strengthen and nurture the Catholic identity of Archdiocesan schools
  • Improve the use of student performance data to inform classroom instruction
  • Access the effectiveness of student services at the Archdiocesan and school level to continuously improve instructional support
  • Encourage and support the integration of technology across the curriculum in grades K -12.

To validate the schools’ engagement in continuous improvement, the Archdiocese of Atlanta has created an internal review process that provides each school with ongoing, objective data to be used in site-based decision-making.

Office of Catholic School’s Continuous Improvement Plan

AdvancED External Review of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Schools

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Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. Today the accreditation process is used at all levels of education, and is recognized for its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education.

Please visit the following links to learn more about Archdiocesan-wide accreditation:

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