School Accreditation


Our Lady of Fatima School has been accredited by SACS/CASI since 1980.  Now known as AdvancED School Accreditation Process it provides schools with a comprehensive framework for continually improving student learning and school effectiveness.  To earn and maintain accreditation, schools:


1.     Meet the AdvancED standards and policies. The AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Quality Schools are derived from education research and best practice.  They require that schools have a clear vision and purpose; have a rigorous curriculum taught through sound, research-based methods; collect, report, and use performance results; provide adequate resources and support for its educational programs; value and communicate with stakeholders; and have a commitment to continuously improve.


2.     Engage in a continuous process of improvement.  Schools implement an improvement process; whereby, they identify a shared vision, maintain a school-wide profile of the current reality, establish plans and assess the implementation of interventions, and document the results of their efforts to improve student learning and school effectiveness.


3.     Demonstrate quality assurance through internal and external review.  The school has in place quality assurance systems and processes to maximize effectiveness across the school to improve student performance.  The school engages in regular internal self-review and hosts an external review once every five years. 

      The CASI/SACS Quality Assurance Review Team uses the findings from the onsite visit to make an accreditation recommendation that is reviewed by the AdvanceED Accreditation Commission.  Accreditation is granted by the              AdvancED Accreditation Commission and communicated to Our Lady of Fatima School following action from the commission.  


Through its examination of the school's adherence to the seven standards, the Quality Assurance review Team (QAR) identified the following commendations and required actions in the spring of 2012:


1.  The school engages all stakeholders in a clearly defined mission that serves as a guide for the action of administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and community members on behalf of improving learning for individual students.


2.  The school leadership has established effective operations and systems defined by effectual financial management, efficient communication methods, collaborative working relationships among stakeholders, and delivery of abundant resources (human, technological, etc.) in support of teaching and learning.


3.  Instructional support programs (guidance, library, REAC, and special education) are exemplary.


In addition to the commendations, the QAR identified the following required actions for improvement.  The team focused its required actions on all those areas that, if addressed, will have the greatest impact on improving student performance and overall school effectiveness.  The school will be held accountable for addressing each of the required actions noted in this section.  Following the review, the school will be asked to submit a progress report on these required actions.


Required Actions

1.  Revise the school improvement plan to include measurable goals/objectives based on desired results for student learning.


2.  Increase the use of instructional strategies and activities that differentiate instruction and more actively engage learners.

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, or disability (if with reasonable accommodations the individual can meet our program goals), in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies.
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