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Middle States Accreditation Process

Middle States Accreditation at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School
The Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (MSCESS), the premier American regional accreditation agency, is the leader in ensuring that all students in its region receive the highest quality of education and achieve at levels expected by society. Through its accreditation and school improvement services, MSCSS recognizes excellence in educational quality, planning, and growth in student performance and provides the means to meet rigorous standards of educational quality.

What is Accreditation?
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 means of showing confidence in a school’s performance. When the Commission on Secondary Schools accredits a school, it certifies that the school has met the prescribed qualitative standards of the Middle States Association within the terms of the school’s own stated philosophy and objectives.

The chief purpose of the whole accreditation process is the improvement of education for youth by evaluating the degree to which a school has attained worthwhile outcomes set by its own staff and community. This is accomplished by periodically conducting a comprehensive self-evaluation of the total school. Through the accreditation process, the school seeks the validation of its self-evaluation by obtaining professional judgment from impartial outsiders on the effectiveness of the total school operation. The intent throughout the process is more than to focus on shortcomings; the chief goal is to seek remedies for inadequacies and to identify and nurture good practices.

Accreditation of a secondary school is on an institutional basis. It should be noted that the whole school, not just one program such as the college preparatory courses, is covered by the accreditation.The following are some of the many benefits of accreditation:

Greater clarity of purpose
Stronger internal relationships
Wider professional participation
More effective methods of planning for school improvement
Improved consistency between educational purpose and practice

How Long Does Accreditation Last?
Typically, once accreditation is earned, it is renewed on a seven-year cycle that involves an intensive self-study process conducted by the school, an on-site three-day visit by a team of professional educators, and on-site mid-point reviews in the form of a one-day, one-person visit. In some cases, accreditation is granted for five years, but the protocol is actually a ten-year cycle of activities.

(Above information is taken from the Middle States Commission website)

The Accreditation Process
Accreditation through the Middle States Commission of Secondary Schools (MCSS) is a process we voluntarily engage in every seven years. It requires us to take a step back, look at where we have been, where we are and where we wish to be as an organization.

The world is changing at a rapid rate – technological innovations, globalization, and the economic downturn are powerful forces that require us to challenge our practice in order to help today’s students meet tomorrow’s challenges. Middle States Accreditation is an opportunity for us to work collaboratively with school professionals, community members, parents, and students to reflect on our mission and vision, identify strengths and weaknesses, set meaningful and challenging goals, and generate plans to reach them. The end result of the process is a roadmap that will guide our work through the next decade.

Middle States Visitation
The Middle States Visitation team serves to validate the school's Evaluation and Vision of itself using the following 12 standards:

Mission and Philosophy
Governance and Leadership
School Improvement Planning
School Climate and Organization
Health and Safety
Educational Programs
Assessment of Student Learning
Student Services
Student Life and Activities
Information Resources and Technology
Middle States Final Report

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Middle States Self-Study and Action Plans for Improvements
The members of the planning team and administrative team conducted an in-depth self-study with the use of the Middle States Commission of Secondary Schools (MSCSS) Excellence by Design protocol. The protocol provided guidance to team members in collecting essential data and information that was analyzed and used to produce objectives, measurable goals, and action plans for improvement.

Once data and information was collected, action planning teams were assembled. The action planning teams analyzed the data and information collected in the self-study and formulated improvement objectives, measurable goals, and action plans in the areas of Student Performance and Organizational Capacity.


The final summative work, including the self-study, improvement objectives, measurable goals and action plans, was then submitted to Middle States for review and approval. This work, in conjunction with a Middle States team visit, will be used to evaluate Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School for accreditation.


Mission Statement, Belief Statement and Profile of Graduates:
Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School is a diverse community of learners rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Guided by time-honored traditions and a dedication to the service of others, we are committed to providing a preeminent, comprehensive education within an environment of acceptance, respect, and love. We strive to enrich the lives of our students with the values and skills necessary to navigate the ever-changing world.


We Believe That:

  • All people are valued and should be treated with dignity and respect
  • Our Catholic faith shapes a strong moral and ethical foundation which is essential to human development
  • Nurturing the spiritual development of our students is essential for the Kingdom of God to flourish among us and will result in a positive influence on the community.
  • The expression of the Catholic faith creates an excellent environment for learning the value of serving others through our God given talents
  • A strong academic program that develops life-long learning builds a framework for a successful future
  • In celebrating individual achievements; recognizing that students learns at different rates and express unique strengths
  • Education is a shared partnership between our students, families, school, community, and educators.
Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast graduates will be:
  • Spiritually Enriched
    • Exemplifying Catholic values of love and service for God, self and others
    • Understanding that they are unique and valuable beings of God's love
    • Discerning right from wrong and willing to act on the courage of their convictions
    • Knowledgeable people who have a personal, lifelong relationship with Jesus.
  • Intellectually Confident
    • Excelling in their future endeavors
    • Utilizing critical thinking to be effective problem solvers
    • Zealous lifelong learners
    • Demonstrating a positive work ethic that motivates them to pursue and succeed in a higher education and workplace environments
  • Socially Responsible
    • Advocating principles of Catholic social justice
    • Effective communicators who will nurture the skills to enable them to adapt to various settings and situations necessary for cooperation in our diverse world
    • Personally responsible for preserving and sustaining God's world around us.


Click below to view the Bonner & Prendie Middle States Self-Study and Action Plans for Improvement: