All elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Paterson earned continuing accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.
SACS CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI's high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement. Accreditation is granted on a five-year term.
Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research, and professional services, AdvancED is the world's largest education community, serving and engaging over 27,000 public and private schools and districts in 69 countries and serving nearly 16 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Middle States Association Accreditation
St. Joseph School has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for over twenty years. Our current accreditation extends until May 2017.
The St. Joseph School Middle States Report from our accreditation in 2010 notes that all educational standards had been met or exceeded. Furthermore, at the conclusion of the evaluation, the study team made several observations including: “The atmosphere at St. Joseph School is warm and inviting and Christ-like.” In addition, “The team experienced a school committed to progressing into the twenty-first century with strong purpose and determination to succeed. Classes were conducted in accordance with their stated project goal. Integration of SMART Board™ lessons at all levels of the curriculum provided the team with a glimpse of the quality and care with which the faculty and administration take in maintaining an excellent educational program while steadfastly adhering to their Catholic identity and mission. With such a standard of excellence, St. Joseph School is well equipped to meet the challenges of the future.” St. Joseph School’s continued accreditation was made possible through the generous support of all our stakeholders - faculty, parents, students, parish, and community.
Accreditation is the affirmation that a school provides a quality of education that the community has a right to expect and the education world endorses. Accreditation is a recognized means of demonstrating confidence in a school's performance and commitment to educational excellence.
“Star School” Designation
St. Joseph School is recognized as a “Star School” by the Paterson Diocese. This select designation is bestowed upon a school on the "cutting edge", one that promotes high student achievement, and has an identifiable specialization addressing the needs of our students. To receive the Star School distinction, a school’s faculty must be engaged in continuing professional development. Furthermore, the school must demonstrate fiscal and administrative efficiency in the educational program. Most significantly, student results, school accomplishments, and collaborative efforts between the student body and parents, parish and community are fundamental factors in determining whether a school receives Star School designation.