Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School of Excellence
SACS CASI Accreditation
In 2013, St. Andrew the Apostle School embarked on the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence journey which included surveying all stakeholders, a school visit by the Blue Ribbon School Review Team, and focus group meetings with students, teachers, and parents. After a three-day visit in September, reviewing essential survey and school data, a proposal was submitted to a committee at Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. St. Andrew the Apostle School is pleased to announce its recognition as a 2013 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School of Excellence.
The Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School Award is a recognition program for schools of excellence. Schools are identified and selected for this award based on achievement of excellent performance in all nine major categories of the Blueprint for Excellence assessment. St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School will be honored in an awards ceremony at the annual Blue Ribbon Schools Blueprint for Excellence Conference in December, 2013.
In 2002, St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic School received its initial SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation. The school has continually applied for and received re-accreditation through the SACS CASI process as required.
SACS accreditation examines the whole institution – the programs, the cultural context, the community of stakeholders – to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students.
SACS is a voluntary method of quality assurance designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. The accreditation process is known in terms of its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education.
Accreditation is a set of rigorous protocols and research-based processes for evaluating an institution’s organizational effectiveness. Accreditation is both a significant achievement pronouncing an institution’s quality of education, as well as a remarkably enriching process for the institutions recognizing the tremendous competitive and performance gains it affords.