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
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.
WCEA TRAINING SCHEDULE (May 2023-October 2023)
If you are participating on a team, or if you are chairing a visit outside of the Archdiocese, you MUST participate in a virtual training session with Greg Dhuyvetter (even if you have been trained before!). Here is the schedule for trainings beginning in May 2023 (all links are REGISTRATIONS not actual ZOOM links – please register prior to attending by following the links):
Leadership Team Training (we will get this training in person from Greg on 08/07/2023)
WCEA School and Leadership Team Training for 2024-25 Visits
Chair Training (for those chairing outside of our Archdiocese in 2023-24):
WCEA VC – Chair Training for 2023-24
Visiting Committee Training Schedule (for those sitting on teams in 2023-24):
WCEA SE Visiting Committee Member Training
New Chair Training Sessions (two sessions) for anyone who has never chaired before and is scheduled to chair in 2023-24:
WCEA New Chair Academy Training Sessions