Accreditation

Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by educational institutions meets acceptable levels of quality. St. Joan Antida High School has been accredited/authorized by the following organizations:

AdvancED

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. AdvancED is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While they have expertise grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Their goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, it is a commitment is to help schools continue to grow and meet the needs of all of its learners. St. Joan Antida High School is proud to have 55 years of consecutive accreditation from AdvancED and one of its former parent accrediting agencies, the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).

International Baccalaureate Organization

Students at International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools are given a unique education.

They will:

  • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
  • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
  • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

To be authorized (accredited) as an IB World School, there are three stages of the process.

1. Interested School – In this stage there is a feasibility study and realignment of the school mission and vision statement to coincide with the IB philosophy of education. Curriculum is rewritten to reflect the rigorous course work required of an IB student and teachers are trained in the IB course guides and methods.

2. Candidate School – In this stage the school submits a detailed application to the IB with an outline of the academic program and verification that the school is prepared to implement the program with rigor and fidelity. The IBO sends a site visit team to the school for three days for observation and to interview staff, students, and parents to assess the level of commitment and preparedness of the school community for the implementation of the program.

3. Authorized School – After the site visit, the team makes recommendations for consideration and offers commendations of the work already done; they either authorize schools to implement the IB program or are sent back to work on matters that were to be addressed before authorization.

St. Joan Antida High School had its site visit in October 2014 and was issued authorization to become an IB World School for the 2015-16 school-year in December 2014. SJA is a proud IB World School!

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program managers visited St. Joan Antida High School in 2014 and reaffirmed our high school program because of our:

Access: Taught a minimum of three PLTW courses (SJA teaches four)

and

Engagement: 25 percent of students or more participated in PLTW courses OR one-third of students or more have taken two or more PLTW courses – SJA has 100% participation of students in one or more courses and over 50% of seniors graduating take all four courses in PLTW Engineering.

In addition to our accreditations, SJA is also a member of the the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

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