On Monday, October 30th, St. Anthony School went pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to honor their Dean of Students, Carolyn Lenhardt. Ms. Lenhardt, a St. Anthony faculty member for 48 years, is a Breast Cancer Warrior. Students and staff all wore a little bit of pink to show their love and support for Ms. Lenhardt and each grade presented her with a pink rose. The student choir performed several songs during the assembly and the school’s Advisory Board gave her a corsage. Principal Harris declared it Carolyn Lenhardt Day at the school!
Principal Janie P. Harris announced today that St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School earned continuing accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting held on June 20, 2017. St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School has been accredited since 2012.
SACS CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement. Accreditation is granted on a five-year term,
“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” stated Principal Harris.
SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, stated, “SACS CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”
Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at www.advanc-ed.org.