Accreditation
Accreditation

Accreditation

Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School has been a member of OCSAA since 1994 when the organization was formed by the dioceses in Ohio.

North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School has been a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1951.

What does OCSAA and NCA/CASI Accreditation mean for STVM students, parents, and community?

  • Gospel values permeate the curriculum, student activities and school environment;
  • Students are taught by qualified teachers;
  • Classes are of reasonable size and are appropriately staffed;
  • The curriculum is sound, diverse, and rigorous;
  • Student activity programs are plentiful;
  • Students have access to a wide range of support services;
  • The school environment is safe.

It means that students are taught by faculty who are dedicated to raising student performance and achievement and to fulfilling the STVM Mission Statement, “enlightening the mind, developing the body, touching the heart, and inspiring the soul.”

It means that students earn credit that is recognized by schools, colleges and universities around the world.

It means that students have access to specific sports programs, certain federal loans, various scholarships, and admission to colleges, technical schools, or military programs that require students to come from regionally accredited schools.

It means that St. Vincent-St. Mary High School goes beyond state requirements, opens its doors to review and validation, and holds itself accountable for meeting locally, nationally, and internationally recognized standards of excellence and committing to the formulation and implementation of an ongoing School Improvement Plan.

Continuous Improvement: Progress Update on Accreditation Review and School Improvement Plan

Both organizations require that we be engaged in continuous improvement of student performance. A new accreditation cycle began in the fall of 2014. After a review of the Mission and Beliefs Statements, the faculty achieved consensus that there would be no changes to the Mission Statement and only minor changes to the Statement of Beliefs. As part of the process, a School Profile was prepared. The steering chairs compiled data from the teacher, senior parent, students and alumni surveys that had been conducted the previous school year. Student performance data from a number of standardized assessments as well as demographic data on our student population was also compiled and analyzed by the faculty at a number of in-services. In addition, survey data from students, parents and staff was compiled and analyzed. After much analysis and study, the faculty adopted the following two target goals for the 2017-2021 accreditation cycle:

Catholic Identity Goal: Students will improve in their knowledge of the Catholic Social Teaching themes of Care for God's Creation and the Call to Family, Community and Participation and will demonstrate their stewardship of the natural world and all that God has created.

Academic Performance Goal: Students will learn and apply critical reading skills across the curriculum.

Two Target Area Goal Committees were formed. Each Target Goal Committee met many times to work on the development of the Preliminary School Improvement Plan, sharing their researched Best Practices, devising strategies, determining assessments, identifying persons responsible, calendaring a timeline, and locating and listing possible resources. In December, 2016 the Steering Co-chairs presented the final draft of the preliminary School Improvement Plan at the monthly faculty meeting. The faculty gave a final endorsement of the Plan.

In March 2017 an external team of educators will visit STVM to review both our compliance with OCSAA and NCA standards, as well as our Preliminary School Improvement Plan and provide us feedback. Once the School Improvement Plan has been finalized, it will be filed with OCSAA and implementation will begin in the fall of 2017.