Lourdes Academy, like all Catholic schools in the province of Florida, is accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference Accreditation Committee. The Florida Catholic Conference (FCC) requires schools to engage in a continuous process of school improvement. The process is based on the research of the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE), a national educational research group.
In the School Improvement Process (or SIP), each school creates a detailed school profile, which gives an overview of the school, its history, its context within the broader community, and a snapshot of the achievement of its students. The school profile was created last year and is updated every year thereafter. Much of the information from the profile is contained on the pages of this website.
The SIP then requires the school to review its mission and beliefs. Last year, all parents, faculty, and parishioners were invited to participate in a survey about our beliefs. Then everyone was invited to a workshop where our mission and beliefs were crafted. The mission and beliefs can be found under About Our School on this website.
The next step of the SIP is a determination of the school's priorities for improvement. Parents were invited to a presentation on research into student learning. After the presentation, the parents and faculty took a survey to help the school identify its strengths and weaknesses. Our weaknesses have become our goals for improvement of student learning, as required by the SIP process. These goals are addressed completely in our action plan.
Goals for Improvement...
Goal 1: Thinking and Reasoning SkillsThe faculty then identified our areas of strength and weakness as a school in the areas of instructional effectiveness (curriculum development, instructional design, and assessment) and organizational effectiveness (communication, school climate, and professional development). We focused on our areas of weakness as we created our action plan.
The action plan will identify specific actions the school will take to improve our effectiveness. We will identify baseline data (where we are now) and targets (where we wish to be in the future), along with a timeline and anticipated resources. The action plan will guide our work as we move forward over the next seven years until our next accreditation.
Once the action plan was complete, we conducted a standards review to ensure that we met all of the standards required by the FCC, which we did.
In December, 2011, we were visited by a team of educators from around the state, led by Sr. Joan Dawson. This "Quality Assurance Review Team" evaluated our work on the SIP, our adherence to the standards, and our effectiveness as a school in order to make a recommendation for continued accreditation. We are pleased to report that we were accredited again and that Lourdes Academy has been continuously accredited since the FCC began the accreditation process in the early 1970's.