Schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle are accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA).
“The mission of WCEA is to promote quality Catholic education for students in our member elementary and secondary schools through an accrediting process that assures the primacy of faith formation and educational excellence.
The specific purpose of WCEA is to coordinate the accreditation process by assisting schools in their self-evaluative programs, to establish general standards for excellence in Catholic schools, to grant WCEA Accreditation, and to cooperate formally with regional accrediting organizations as determined by the WCEA Board of Directors. Currently WCEA co-accredits schools with ACS-WASC and AdvancED.
WCEA was originally formed in California under the auspices of the Bishops of the Catholic Arch/Dioceses of California. Although the membership now includes Catholic Arch/Dioceses in nine other states and Guam, the Bishops of the Catholic Arch/Dioceses of California retain reserved powers as the Members of the Corporation and appoint one of their member Bishops to serve as the WCEA President.” – WCEA Website
Please email Justyna King, WCEA Commissioner for the Archdiocese of Seattle, if you have questions about your status for this year at firstname.lastname@example.org – in general, you would have already participated in a discussion with OCS if you were due for accreditation this year.
**ALL SCHOOLS STARTING WITH THE 2021-23 CYCLE WILL BE USING THE NEW “STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE’ PROTOCOL INSTEAD OF THE “ISL” OR THE “E3” PROTOCOLS. THIS PROTOCOL IS STILL IN PILOT FORM.***
To sign up for the opportunity to work on an accreditation team for 2022-23, please follow this link: 2022-2023 Accreditation Team Member Registration – My Catholic School – ALL Principals, GRACE TLs and teachers are encouraged to participate in this fantastic professional development opportunity.