On Sunday, March 4, 2018, Sister Camille Panich, Chair of the Middle States Visiting Team assigned to Elizabeth Seton, brought her teammates with her to conduct visit for the seven-year accreditation process.
Over the course of the past two years, our Elizabeth Seton High School conducted a self-study to assess our program based on the twelve Middle States standards. Data was gathered from students, staff, parents, Board members, and select members of the surrounding community. Of particular importance was input gathered from an electronic survey from these important stakeholders. The Excellence by Design protocol was chosen as a model for evaluation, which uses strategic planning as a vehicle for growth and improvement in student performance and organizational capacity.
In addition to Sister Camille, the Middle States team members included Mr. Charles Dean from Saints Peter and Paul High School and Sr. Teresa Mary Lukaszewski, CSFN from Nazareth Academy High School, who spent the week observing classes and meeting and engaging with groups of students and staff to ask questions and learn about Seton. In her final report to the staff, Sister Camille iterated that the Visiting Team is a group of “professional friends and colleagues who are here to leave you in a better place to achieve your goals.” Indeed, the work and guidance of the Visiting team is a critical part of the process and we thank them for their time and effort in conducting a thorough review of our documents and in speaking with our School community, as well as delivering their report and recommendation.
Also in her final report to staff, she commended Internal Coordinators Maureen McDonough and Natalie St. Louis for leading a process that was a “true collaborative effort” and for setting goals that are “attainable, sensible and achievable.” She thanked the School Board for their “exemplary involvement,” our “polished, well spoken, confident” students for their input and our community for our “marvelous” hospitality.
Finally, Sister Camille delivered the news we all hoped to hear, that the Visiting Team will recommend to the Middle States Commission that Elizabeth Seton be granted accreditation for the next seven years. Thank you, again, to each and every member of our community who contributed to this process. We strive to continue to fulfill our mission and create an enriched and rigorous academic program for our students. The Middle States Commission will follow up with a written report and final decision for accreditation.
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On Monday January 22, 2018, Sister Camille Panich, Chair of the Middle States Visiting Team, came to Elizabeth Seton to conduct a one day Pre-Visit. She consulted with Sister Ellen Marie Hagar and Maureen McDonough, Dean of Students, on the final stages of the self-study. Sister Camille acquainted herself with the school's daily operations and met some staff members and students as she walked around the campus. An itinerary was also created for the Visiting Team when they come to Seton on Sunday March 4 through Wednesday March 7.
Elizabeth Seton High School looks forward to hosting a wonderful and productive visit and appreciates the opportunity to showcase all the phenomenal aspects of our school community.
Last year, Elizabeth Seton High School began the process of renewing its accreditation through the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association. 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.
Our Planning Team consists of representatives from a cross section of our community, including current students, alumnae, past parents, current staff, school/business partners, and leadership from local schools. Our individuals on our Planning Team have a vested interest in Seton’s growth and continued success and understand the necessity and value in planning for growth and improvement. For a full list of Planning Team members, please click here.
Elizabeth Seton High School will follow the Excellence by Design protocol, which uses strategic planning as a vehicle for growth and improvement in student performance and organizational capacity. A self-study was conducted to assess our program based on the twelve Middle States standards. Data was gathered from students, staff, parents, Board members, and select members of the surrounding community. Of particular importance was input gathered from an electronic survey from these important stakeholders.
In addition to the self-study, the Planning Team developed a Profile of a Seton Graduate. This Profile of a Seton Graduate, along with the data collected from the self-study, was the basis from which objectives and action plans have been developed for the purpose of improving student achievement. To read Seton’s Mission Statement and Profile of a Graduate, please click here.
The School Administration would like to publicly thank our Planning Team for their time and dedication to this project.