Principal Tom Wise announced today that Bishop Donahue High School has earned accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting held in on January 22, 2015. The school accreditation is a part of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston school system accreditation. This means that the system and all of its schools are accredited, and recognized across the nation as a quality school system. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston was one of the first 25 Dioceses in the nation to achieve this status. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston became the first Catholic school system in the United States to achieve this status using the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Secondary and Elementary Schools.
The accreditation process involves three ongoing components: 1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. The system’s accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the term.
NCA CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet NCA CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.
“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” stated Principal Wise.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of NCA CASI, stated, “NCA CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Bishop Donahue High School is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”
Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at www.advanc-ed.org.