Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School has been accredited by SACS/CASI/AdvancEd/Cognia since 1980. Now known as Cognia 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 Cognia standards and policies. The Cognia 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/AdvancEd/Cognia Quality Assurance Review Team uses the findings from the onsite visit to make an accreditation recommendation that is reviewed by the Cognia Accreditation Commission. Accreditation is granted by the Cognia Accreditation Commission and communicated to Our Lady of Fatima School following action from the commission.
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School's Accreditation was renewed in November 2022.