Accreditation Team Visit
We welcome the Diocesan Accreditation Team to Corpus Christi School over the past two days. There are a few familiar faces among the team of 12 members: Dave Faber, Diocese of Grand Rapids Superintendent of Schools; Jill Anabel, Assistant Superintendent; Liz Peters, Vice Principal of St. Thomas (former CC teacher); and Abby Giroux, Principal of ASA (former CC teacher).
What is Accreditation and why is it needed?
Founded in 1985 the Michigan Non-Public School Accrediting Association (MNSAA), has provided an avenue for non-public schools to develop and maintain high standards of excellence.
MNSAA believes in the following:
- Quality education is the goal of every education institution
- School improvement is the result of a planned process that responds to the input of students, parents and the community
- All non-public schools need to be involved in a school improvement process
- Non-public schools need to strategically plan for their future. The accreditation process provides an avenue to do so
- All society benefits from a quality education institution
To start the accreditation process Corpus Christi School was required to complete:
- a self-study based on material provided by the MNSAA office. The study requires schools to examine their mission and purpose and to have a strategic plan for school improvement.
- an external evaluation process by a team of public and non-public educators from various levels and positions. This site team prepares a report that is then reviewed by a team of readers who may recommend accreditation status to the Leadership Council. Hence our visitors on Wednesday and Thursday!!
Annually, the school must submit a report documenting compliance with state rules and regulations, and detailing their progress addressing any concerns listed by the site team. Each team undergoes the complete self-study process every seven years.
Corpus Christi School administrators look forward to the receiving the results of the accreditation process and to creating the focus plan that will be created following review of the report.
m-a-n-s.org/mnsaa-accreditation For more information on MNSAA visit their website.