St. Anthony High School is fully-accredited with a six-year term through 2022 by the WCEA (Western Catholic Education Association) and is co-accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)
ACCREDITATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS
St. Anthony High School participates regularly in formal accreditation procedures through the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
WESTERN CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION (WCEA)
St. Anthony High School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). WCEA accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in nine western states (26 (arch) dioceses) and the US Territory of Guam. WCEA co-accredits and is in partnership with three Regional agencies (WASC, NAAS, NCA CASI) and two private agencies (CAIS and HAIS). WCEA began in 1957 in San Francisco and has a long and successful history of assisting school improvement through the accreditation process.
Link to WCEA website: www.westwcea.org
The Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) is a private educational agency established under the auspices of the bishops of the Catholic dioceses of California and accredits high schools in California as well as in other states and United States territories. All secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles must be accredited by WCEA. WCEA has established a rubric and protocol for evaluating the Catholic identity in secondary schools. The Association has five major objectives:
• to maintain and improve the quality of Catholic education;
• to assist schools in the development of self-evaluative programs that foster educational excellence in the setting of a school faith community;
• to establish standards for evaluating and sustaining the Catholic identity of the school;
• to establish general standards for excellence in Catholic schools;
• to grant WCEA certification;
• to cooperate formally with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in accrediting Catholic schools.
THE WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES (WASC)
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of many regional accrediting associations serving the schools of the United States. The Accrediting Commission of the association has as its chief function the upgrading of the educational program of each of the schools it serves. Upgrading is accomplished through regularly recurring evaluations of each school followed by recommendations for the improvement of various aspects of the school program. Terms of accreditation are granted upon evidence of acceptable quality and the progress each school is making toward achieving its fullest potential for the particular student body which it serves.
St. Anthony High School is evaluated on the appropriateness of the purpose and functions outlined in its statement of philosophy and on the basis of the degree to which the school accomplishes these purposes and functions.
The self-evaluation study by each school is conducted by administrative staff, teaching and classified staff, the students, parents and other members of the school's public.
Directives for the self-evaluation studies are made available to the schools through the WASC central office in Burlingame, California, and through the WCEA office in Fullerton, California. WCEA has established a self-study protocol specific to Catholic schools. The archdiocesan WCEA Commissioner determines the members of the Visiting Committee and gives cooperative notice to the WASC office in Burlingame. The directives for the Visiting Committee Report must be sent to both WASC and WCEA after a school visitation. The Accrediting Commission of WCEA/ WASC grants a term of accreditation for the school after reviewing the school's Self Study and Visiting Committee's Report and recommendation for a term of accreditation.
The full benefit of evaluation-accreditation can be realized only with planned and continuing follow-up. Progress Reports from each accredited school must be sent to WCEA/WASC according to the schedule set up by the accrediting agency.
ROLE OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
St. Anthony High School establishes a long-term process which encompasses the reviewing, prioritizing and implementing of WCEA/WASC recommendations and their integration into the strategic plan. The long-term process commences with the last WCEA/WASC visit and extends to the next.
The school administration organizes the review of all the critical areas for follow-up. The review focuses on the following:
• revising the Action Plan in light of the Visiting Committee report and the major findings of the Self- Study.
• the relationship of the critical areas for follow-up to the philosophy and ESLR's of the school;
• the feasibility of implementing the Action Plan in relation to resources - financial, human and community.
• the impact of changing circumstances on the Action Plan.