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Saint Theresa School WCEA Visit 10.25.21-10.27.21

St. Theresa School

Accreditation Factor #1

The school involves all shareholders in data review, analysis and dialogue about perceived accomplishments in the area of student learning, and in developing, implementing and monitoring goals for improvements in student learning.

Accreditation Factor #2

The school has used the prior accreditation findings, both those discovered by the school and those identified by the visiting committee, and other pertinent data to ensure high achievement of all students and to drive school improvement.

Saint Theresa School involved all of the shareholders in the Self Study. The entire community was involved in the self-study process. Saint Theresa School was committed to involving all the responsible parties in the process of brainstorming, collecting data, analyzing that data, and editing each chapter of the Self Study. Data was collected and reviewed by all shareholders at Saint Theresa School.

Saint Theresa School used its prior accreditation findings to support the high achievement of all students. Saint Theresa School has completed its previous Action Plan goals and continues to implement the concept of continuous school improvement.

Accreditation Factor #3

The school is Catholic, approved by the Local Ordinary (Canon 803), providing opportunities for community worship and participation in the Sacraments, and promoting evangelization and service to the community.

Saint Theresa School assesses its Catholic Identity by improving the spiritual formation of students, staff, and parents. The religion curriculum is in alignment with the school’s mission, philosophy, and Diocesan Curriculum Guidelines for each grade level. Catholic values, teachings, and traditions are integrated throughout the curriculum and school programs. The school is dedicated to providing a comprehensive Catholic education to every student.

"We packed 10,000 meals, felt good to help others, and at the same time had a lot of fun. Even 1st graders can understand why we are doing these service projects." (Student Leadership)
"We love our school community and consider it a hidden gem." (parent)

Accreditation Factor #4

The school’s purpose is defined through the school’s mission statement, philosophy, measurable School-wide Learning Expectations, Arch/diocesan curriculum standards (local curriculum standards where Arch/diocesan standards don’t exist), and other governing authority expectations.

Saint Theresa School's philosophy reflects the Catholic nature of the school and integrates the Roman Catholic faith into all aspects of the school curriculum and life. Saint Theresa School strives to inspire students to live the teachings of Jesus Christ in their personal behavior, acceptance of others, and willingness to contribute to those in need.

"In this community my daughter feels safe, cared for and loved." (parent)

Accreditation Factor #5

The organizational structures of the school focus on high achievement of all students, and communicate student progress to all shareholders.

Saint Theresa School focuses on fostering a strong Catholic Identity, promoting the high achievement of all students, and providing a nurturing and safe environment in which all students may grow and flourish through a collaborative partnership with their principal, School Board, Parent Club, administration, faculty, and parish.

The faculty and staff actively supported one another and expressed a spirit of collegiality. (VC)

Accreditation Factor #6

The school uses educationally sound assessment processes to collect data. The school disaggregates and analyzes student performance data and uses the analysis as a basis for instructional/curricular improvement.

Saint Theresa School uses data to strengthen its Catholic Identity and improve student learning. The school uses its data to implement curricular improvement and achieve high academic goals.

"We meet as a middle school once a week to touch base on students that are on the radar and discuss plans to support the students." (Faculty)

Accreditation Factor #7

All students make acceptable and measurable progress towards clearly defined Schoolwide Learning expectations and challenging, comprehensive, and relevant curriculum standards.

Saint Theresa School incorporates Catholic Identity and faith formation into a curriculum that is challenging, comprehensive, and relevant for all students. The curriculum is aligned with diocesan curriculum standards, the school’s mission, philosophy, and SLEs.

"Every grade prepares my daughter for the next grade. The transition from grade to grade is smooth." (parent)
"I have learned time management skills and built study habits throughout my years here." (student)

Accreditation Factor #8

The staff applies research-based knowledge about teaching and learning in the instructional process. Assessment is frequent and varied, integrated into the teaching/learning process, and informs curriculum planning.

Saint Theresa School integrates Catholic teachings and values throughout the curriculum and all aspects of student life. Saint Theresa School teachers utilize a wide variety of research-based classroom teaching methodologies leading toward a high degree of faith formation, academic achievement, and student growth.

"A variety of teaching methods and classroom management strategies were seen throughout the visit. Students were consistently engaged and actively participating in their learning." (VC)

Accreditation Factor #9

Within the school’s community of faith, students have opportunities to participate in support services and activities to assist them in accessing the curricular and co-curricular programs to achieve the School-wide Learning Expectations, Arch/diocesan curriculum standards (local curriculum standards where Arch/diocesan standards don’t exist), and other governing authority expectations.

The Visiting Committee observed that Saint Theresa School supports students' spiritual, personal, and academic growth.

"I will remember the STEP program and all the fun and friendship I experienced there." (student)

Accreditation Factor #10

The pastor, principal, and school board develop, implement, and monitor resources and plans to ensure and support high achievement of all students of the School-wide Learning Expectations, Arch/diocesan curriculum standards (local curriculum standards where Arch/diocesan standards don’t exist), and other governing authority expectations.

Saint Theresa School uses its financial resources to effectively support an instructional program focused on Catholic Identity and the high achievement of all students.

"There is a committment to financial stewardship and sound financial planning." (VC)

Accreditation Factor #11

The Action Plan addresses the school’s critical goals to enhance student learning that supports high achievement of all students of the School-wide Learning Expectations, Arch/diocesan curriculum standards (local curriculum standards where Arch/diocesan standards don’t exist), and other institutional and/or governing authority expectations.

The Saint Theresa School community has created an Action Plan built upon the needs identified in the Self-Study and designed to strengthen student learning.

  • Identifying a comprehensive school-wide approach to teach social-emotional curriculum.
  • Create and implement a technology plan that supports students using technology in learning.
  • Enhance collection and analysis of assessment data to support all students academically.

Accreditation Factor #12

The school demonstrates the capacity to implement and monitor an Action Plan that ensures high achievement of all students of the School-wide Learning Expectations, Arch/diocesan curriculum standards (local curriculum standards where Arch/diocesan standards don’t exist), and other governing authority expectations.

Saint Theresa School will implement and monitor the Action Plan. It is evident that there is shared ownership and commitment to the implementation of the Plan.

Schoolwide Significant Accomplishments

Eight Amazing Things!

Each morning begins with student-led, community prayer which often includes a gospel reading and connections to the liturgical calendar.

All students participate in service learning projects as a reminder of their commitment to the Catholic Social Teachings.

St. Theresa’s resource program, as well as other curriculum resources, assist students who are high achieving and students who need additional support. A school counselor is available to those students who require social and emotional support.

All grade levels and subject areas use both formative and summative assessments to monitor student progress.

St. Theresa School’s rigorous curriculum integrates faith, academic excellence, and both critical and creative thinking.

Students work closely with the Parish Liturgical and Music Directors in preparation for leading school-wide prayer services and masses during the liturgical year.

There are many opportunities for middle school students to participate in extracurricular activities at St. Theresa.

The Transitional Kindergarten program began operation in 2019-2020.

We thank you for your hospitality and hard work!

WCEA Visiting Committee

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