St. Agatha Catholic School is a Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) accredited school.
This accreditation process occurs after a duration of time that is determined by the WCEA board
of commissioners. St. Agatha received the highest status of accreditation in 2015, is currently in the process of renewing this year.
"The team found our 3 days at St. Agatha professional rich and personally rewarding... We experienced a community where everyone is striving to provide a Catholic environment where quality education is a priority... The partnership that exists between the community of students, teachers, parents, administration, and the parish is truly a gift of the Holy Spirit and a tribute to everyone's care for the community..."
"The faculty and staff is highly effective in their use of educationally sound assessment processes to collect data. The faculty is highly effective at applying research-based knowledge about teaching and learning in the instructional process. St. Agatha Catholic School is highly effective in using assessment to modify instruction."
"Throughout the visit, the visiting committee was in awe of the strong sense of community and family amongst the faculty, staff, parents, and students. The students are commended for their articulation of the three pillars of learning, faith, and service and how they connect to the many learning opportunities they are afforded by the strong, faith filled faculty and staff."
A team of Archdiocesan principals, teachers, and administrators, along with a WCEA representative completes a 3 day visit and assessment on our school. Every year the faculty completes a self-study in a subject area designated by the Archdiocese. This is where we intensely focus on a particular subject area to ensure that we are meeting WCEA guidelines for education. Each of those reports are included in our final accreditation portfolio report which is reviewed as part of our WCEA visit.
After our visit is complete we then receive the Process for School Improvement for Catholic Elementary Schools (PSI) which is a comprehensive self-study that focuses on student learning. All aspects of the school are studied in relation to their impact on student learning. Improving student learning is achieved by improving the processes that contribute to quality learning programs. When a school completes its Self-Study using Process for School Improvement for the first time, it identifies the degree to which the school meets the criteria required by WCEA and WASC and sets a direction for future growth (School Improvement Action Plan). The visiting committee then reports its findings and supports the school's Critical Areas for Growth and identifies, as appropriate, additional areas that need to be addressed for ongoing school improvement. The school then modifies its School Improvement Action Plan in response to the visiting committee's report per diocesan timeline requirements. The Critical Areas for Growth must be addressed prior to the next cycle for accreditation through the implementation of the School Improvement Action Plan and annual progress report made to the WCEA Elementary Diocesan Commissioner.