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Middle States Re-Accreditation

The Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools announced in May 2019 that Archbishop John Carroll High School earned a unanimous full recommendation for reaccreditation, the gold standard for measuring and advancing school improvement. Accreditation is a multifaceted process that schools voluntarily use to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of performance standards. The accreditation process helps schools to continue to grow and improve.

The Middle States process begins with a self-study that is conducted by the school and requires input from school leaders, teachers, parents, and students. Following the self-study, a team of volunteer educators from Association member schools conduct an on-site peer review visit. During their visit they observe school operations and interview various stakeholders.

Anchen Schulz, Ph.D., Principal of Archbishop Carroll explained, “Our plan focuses on the areas of critical thinking and problem solving, academic integrity, and communication and collaboration.  Representatives from our entire Carroll community — faculty, staff, parents, students, alumni, administrators, and Board members — all contributed to the development of the plan.  We are blessed to have such an engaged and supportive community.”

Archbishop John Carroll High School’s mission permeated every aspect of the Middle States committee’s visit to the hilltop last week. Academically, Carroll received glowing reviews. Carroll teachers use data from learning studies to improve their teaching techniques and recent Whiteboards and Chromebook technology upgrades are being used in the classroom. In summary, the committee noted that the teachers showed a commitment to using data to improve student learning.

The committee spoke directly to students, praising the abundance of opportunities to grow in faith, including Kairos retreats, daily mass, student-led prayer at lunch, service projects, and the evening Genesis program. Additionally, St. Katherine’s and Best Buddies Programs create friendships, opportunities for leadership experience, and the growth of empathy and love. Describing the school as a family that assures a personalized and individualized high-quality
education for each child, the committee found Carroll to be a “true community of caring.”

Contributions from our Board of Education and staff, community members, and students who participated in the Middle States reaccreditation process were critical and meaningful to the successful reaccreditation and continued growth of Archbishop John Carroll High School. A job well done by our Carroll community!