Catholic education provides a faith-centered and academically rigorous experience for students. Catholic schools are committed to providing the highest quality education possible. It’s widely known that students who attend a Catholic school will generally do better than public or charter school students on standardized tests.
A key measure of Catholic school’s commitment to quality education is our association with Middle States Association’s Council on Elementary and Secondary Education. Middle States is an international organization that “aspire to improve the quality of education in the United States and around the world by assisting schools to achieve excellence through the process of accreditation, by affirming to the public a member school’s trustworthiness and commitment to continuous improvement, by providing the network and resources for the promotion of proven practices.” (Middle States Mission Statement).
All Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia enjoy Middle States accreditation. Unlike many public schools and most charter schools, Catholic schools opt into this intensive process. Middle States evaluations are a rigorous process where a school community spends two years working internally and with an external team of school evaluators to set goals and measure school performance.
Our schools are rooted in the Catholic faith. As such, we provide a loving, child-centered environment for our students. We build a community of faith. The quality of our academic program is equally important which is why we invest time and money on Middle States. To learn more about the accreditation process, visit the Middle States website by clicking here.
As you already know, we have had to move learning at BVM to your home. BVM, as well as the rest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia school community, are using digital tools to continue to educate your child. While each teacher may have different preferences in how to carry this out, lesson plans and assignments will be sent to each student, and teachers may utilize resources such as Flipgrid, Google Classroom, and Zoom to create a more communal feel while we are separated at home.
Please check here for more resources regarding digital distance learning.