National Standards

The National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, drafted in 2012 by a national task force of Catholic school educators and supporters, in communication with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) offers the following:

Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School

  • Centered in the Person of Jesus Christ
  • Contributing to the Evangelizing Mission of the Church
  • Distinguished by Excellence
  • Committed to Educate the Whole Child
  • Steeped in a Catholic Worldview
  • Sustained by Gospel Witness
  • Shaped by Communion and Community
  • Accessible to All Students
  • Established by the Expressed Authority of the Bishop

Catholic School Standards