Schools in the Archdiocese of Washington receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a division of AdvancED. In addition, they must meet the new National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.

This dual accreditation approach:

  • Ensures that our schools maintain the same high standards as other schools and have a clear Catholic identity
  • Uses a process of data review and continuous school improvement planning that focuses on student success
  • Includes annual evaluations of each school by the Catholic Schools Office to ensure quality
  • Sends a team of professionals from outside the archdiocese to review the work of the Catholic Schools Office itself