Wide Consultation Leads to New Policies for Catholic Schools

June 06, 2009

In October 2007, the Archdiocese of Washington began an unprecedented 18-month consultation to chart a bright future for our Catholic schools with a Convocation on Catholic Education.

Since that day, thousands of parents, educators, priests and parishioners have been invited to participate in planning new policies for Catholic schools: as members of task forces focusing on Catholic identity, academic excellence, governance, affordability and accessibility; participants at numerous local and regional meetings, special gatherings and convocations; and through written surveys, focus groups and via email to a mailbox set up specially to receive comments.

The outcome is comprehensive new policies for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington. These will be finalized, published and implemented over the next year, starting in fall 2009 through July 2010.

The policies are wide-ranging and designed to strengthen Catholic schools into the future. For example, Catholic identity policies outline what it means to be a Catholic school, including the celebration of sacramental life and teaching the faith. Governance policies define the types of Catholic schools, including parish schools, regional schools and independent Catholic schools, and the relationship, roles and responsibilities of each.

The academic excellence policies address school-wide requirements in four areas: academic standards, instructional standards, assessment standards and professional standards. Affordability policies are designed to keep schools affordable for families and to more equitably distribute support for Catholic school education and families across the archdiocese.

Learn more here.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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