St. Patrick Catholic School Accreditation

Let’s begin: what is accreditation all about? Accreditation is a “process of ongoing school improvement that examines all aspects of the school program and operations in relation to the impact on high quality student learning”. (Western Catholic Education Assoc. ISL protocol, 2012)

St. Patrick School is accredited through the WCEA, the State of Washington, and the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, and we are required to constantly support high achievement for all students to maintain our excellent accreditation status. The WCEA accreditation process is ongoing and quite rigorous, and that cycle is seven years long. During the 2015-2016 school year we completed what is called our Self-Study process. This is an intense reflective and analytical undertaking, ultimately designed to create an action plan to implement during the subsequent accreditation cycle. We use the WCEA protocol to create an Improving Student Learning (ISL) handbook. In March of Year Seven (2017), a Visiting Team came to our school to review and evaluate our programs.  At that time, we earned the full 6-year accreditation status! We thank the teachers, staff, and parents who helped us with the accreditation process. Click here for our Student Learning Expectations. Click here for more information on WCEA accreditation. Our Accreditation goals are listed below.

Critical Goals from 2016 Accreditation Self Study
1.   Implement consistent data collection and systematic analysis to support high achievement of all students.
2.  Add Catholic Identity elements to curriculum maps across the disciplines.
3.  Build the partnership between school, parish, and families.
4.  Update standardized testing to improve learning for all students.
5.  Integrate, assess, and incorporate the SLEs across all aspects of school life.
6.  Develop the honors program for mathematics.

St. Patrick School Accreditation/Memberships

Northwest Association of Accredited Schools

Western Catholic Educational Association Elementary School Commission

Washington State Board of Education Certification of Private Schools

Member of National Catholic Education Association