Yes, Catholic Schools Go Through Accreditation Process
September 17, 2015 | posted by Cindy Luna, associate superintendent
Topics: Catholic Schools
The Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED), which is recognized by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), is responsible for the execution of the accreditation process for all Texas Catholic schools.
To assist and give direction to the TCCED, the bishops approved the creation of the Texas Catholic Conference Accreditation Commission (TCCAC). Membership on the commission consists of six Catholic school superintendents, including Superintendent Marti West from the Archdiocese of San Antonio, six commissioners-at-large and two bishops who serve as Episcopal liaison.
Currently, eight Catholic schools are preparing for their accreditation visit after completing a full year of self-study. The self-study is undertaken by each school as part of the accreditation process. It begins 12 to 18 months prior to the accreditation visit. The demanding self-study process enables each school to measure existing qualities, to show compliance to standards, and to identify means and methods of continuous professional growth.
The Department of Catholic Schools in San Antonio proudly supports each Catholic school throughout the self-study to ensure their success. Every Catholic school in the Archdiocese of San Antonio meets TCCED standards and compliances.
During the 2015-2016 school year the following schools will welcome an accreditation team:
- St. Luke Catholic School
- St. Matthew Catholic School
- St. Mary Catholic School, Fredericksburg
- Providence Catholic School
- St. Leo the Great Catholic School
- St. James the Apostle Catholic School
- St. Margaret Mary Catholic School
- St. James Catholic School, Seguin
The following schools started conducting their self-study reports recently in preparation for the 2016-2017 accreditation visits:
- Antonian College Preparatory High School
- Little Flower Catholic School
- St. Anthony Catholic School
- St. John Paul II High School
- Sacred Heart School, Uvalde
- Central Catholic High School
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
- St. Pius X Catholic School
- St. Thomas More Catholic School
Our goals and vision are to ensure that every Catholic School meets or exceeds the standards of accreditation set by TCCED and TEA.
Cindy Luna is the associate superintendent for the Catholic Schools Office in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. She has 36 years of experience as an educator and her role is to support school leaders, teachers, pastors and parents to provide the best Catholic school education to all students.