York Catholic is accredited through the Middle States Association. Re-accreditation is done on a seven year cycle, and our last visit from a Middle States team took place in the fall of 2015. A team of five Middle States representatives spent three days with us, reviewing our current growth plan and talking with faculty and staff, parents, students, and school board members. Over the course of their visit they observed the day-to-day operation of the school and took a close look at how well we met Middle States criteria as set forth in twelve standards. The twelve standards examined were as follows:
- Philosophy and Mission
- Governance and Leadership
- School Improvement Planning
- School Climate and Organization
- Health and Safety
- Educational Program
- Assessment and Evidence of Student Learning
- Student Services
- Student Life and Student Activities
We prepared for re-accreditation by sending out a Middle States survey to parents soliciting feedback regarding our performance in all twelve areas. All students in grades 8-12 took a similar survey, as did faculty members. A total of 818 (parents, students, and faculty) participated, and the results were tallied. The results from this survey were at the core of our growth plan moving forward. Areas of weakness were identified, and our plan for growth and improvement was developed accordingly.
Our Middle States protocol is called Excellence by Design, and it requires that we establish three measurable objectives to track and document over the next seven year cycle, with positive results. Two groups spent time discussing and developing the action plans that constitute all three objectives, the faculty and staff as a whole, and a Middle States steering committee. The Steering Committee is comprised of administration, faculty members, staff, parents, students, and alumni, all of whom have volunteered their time to serve.
Of our three objectives, two are academic in nature, with the desired outcome being improved student performance. One objective focuses on improved math performance, and the other on better preparation for the demands of collegiate writing, specifically research and source citation. The third objective is non-academic and targets facility upgrades as we continue to renovate our aging building to better accommodate the needs of the 21st century student.
All survey results and action plans have been compiled in a document that was submitted to the Middle States team for review. Re-accreditation was received and is valid through 2022. We will continue to develop action plans annually, with a mid-cycle review to take place in 2018-19. Questions regarding the process may be directed to Kathy Hand, Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
York Catholic is a part of the Diocese of Harrisburg school system and is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, York Catholic retains membership in the National Catholic Education Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
We, the community of York Catholic High School, see ourselves as co-workers with Jesus Christ in the ministry of education rooted in the Gospels, the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and the guidelines of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Operating in a global society, we choose the Christian world-view as our distinct orientation in carrying out what we regard as our essential task: the development of our students as whole Christian persons. We accomplish this by teaching, by fostering a Catholic value system, and by serving the larger community.
Our quest for academic excellence leads us to teach a core curriculum which is continuously and judiciously updated. Our desire to foster Catholic values prompts us to create an environment which develops personal integrity, respect for one another, reverence for God, and stewardship for our world. Our commitment to serve the larger community impels us to foster social awareness and encourage action for the common good.
We recognize that this necessarily collaborative effort is one which increasingly demands the support and involvement of students, parents, staff, parishes, alumni, and the community at large.
Thus we envision our mission as the education of our students to become active members of church and society living their faith.