Middle States Accreditation
Saint Leo the Great Catholic School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The accreditation was awarded in November 2008 after the school completed the self-study portion of the review by the Commission on Elementary Schools (MSCES) and hosted the on site visit by the MSCES team the following fall. Currently we are seeking re-accreditation by the same Commission. We have just completed our 200 page self-study protocol, Excellence by Design. Excellence by Design leads the school to establish objectives for improving student performance and organizational capacity based on its vision of a preferred future for its students. Therefore, Excellence by Design is a future-oriented and visionary process. In addition, the protocol provides for a continuous review of programs and services and of the results of student performance. It also allows diverse constituent groups to participate in charting the future of the institution.
The MSCES is a professional association whose purposes are to encourage, advance, assist and sustain educational quality as well as the integrity of education at all levels, from elementary through university. This non-government volunteer institution establishes criteria to measure (directly and indirectly) educational excellence and effectiveness through accreditation. Accreditation is their means of self-regulation and peer review, geared toward strengthening the quality and integrity of education, making it worthy of public confidence and minimizing external government control. These standards are qualitative statements that reflect research-based best practices in schools, and are primarily measured through self-study.
Accreditation by MSCES is recognized around the world as an indication of trustworthiness, educational quality and a commitment to ongoing school improvement.
The binder containing the Middle States report is available for school families to review upon request.