Saint Joachim Catholic School is proud to be accredited by both the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
We are gearing up for our WCEA accreditation visit at the end of March. In preparation for the visit from a team of teachers and principals from other schools in our diocese, and an assistant superintendent from another Diocese, we submitted our completed self-study for their review.
We have been diligently working on a document, called a self-study, to renew our Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation. In March, we will have a visit from several principals, teachers, and superintendents from other Catholic dioceses in California who will review our self-study and interview teachers, students and staff, as well as spend time on our campus to get a feel for our school culture. Please pray for our school as we go through this process.
This is the year of our accreditation visit. A Visiting Committee will visit in March to validate who we are as a school community. The faculty and staff have spent many hours evaluating our programs through data collection and analysis. During this process, we have identified our strengths and areas to focus on over the next few years. During their visit, the committee will see that our students are quickly becoming active faith-filled Catholics, lifelong learners, effective communicators, and responsible global citizens.
The mission of Saint Joachim Catholic School as a caring community dedicated to academic excellence and serving others is a reality every day on this campus. Saint Joachim Catholic School is accredited by Western Catholic Educational Association and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to assessing the Catholic identity of the school (specific to the WCEA protocol), the process involves looking at multiple measures: test scores, student satisfaction, parent satisfaction, graduation rates, and acceptance rates at Catholic High Schools (or into honor programs in other high schools). Staff education level, experience, willingness to participate in ongoing professional development, assessment of students and the curriculum, teaching methods and resource management are also part of to the evaluation that determines the next steps for the school and leads to a successful accreditation visit. We are looking forward to finishing the Self Study document this November and hosting the Visiting Committee in March. Saint Joachim Catholic School is a fantastic school with great teachers, students, parents, and support, and we will be proud to show it off.