In March of 2003, St. Brendan Parish School completed its first accreditation evaluation and earned a six year accreditation term from Washington Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NWAAS).
In 2005, we welcomed our new pastor, Father Jim Northrop. His assignment placed him with a parish school for the first time. A new principal, Mrs. Chris Lunn, was selected in 2006. She was a teacher at our school for 12 years and Vice-Principal before moving to the principal position.
Our student enrollment has remained consistent since the 2003 accreditation. The school changed from a half-day kindergarten program to full-day in 2008. This change allowed more time for academics and kindergarten participation in school wide assemblies and activities. The parents supported the change as it better accommodated their working schedules. With the addition of a Hispanic Mass in our parish, we have enrolled several Hispanic children from the community.
Our parents continue to support the school through their donation of time, talent, and treasure.
Financially, our school is solvent and able to meet expenses through tuition, financial aid, PTO and Development contributions, donations, and the parish subsidies.
We have made substantial progress in our test data collection and analysis since 2003.
- In 2008, our 5th and 8th graders started to take the Assessment of Catechetical Religious Education (ACRE). The test results confirmed we have a strong religious and academic program.
- Since 2006, all 1st through 8th graders were administered the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).
- Fourth and 7th students continued to take the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) through 2009.
- Beginning in May 2011, only 7th and 8th graders will take the new state assessment, Measurement of Student Progress (MSP).
The administration and staff completed the 2003 School Improvement Plan (SIP) target goals. Each year our principal reported to the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Catholic Schools Department on the progress of the SIP. In 2006, she presented a mid-term report to representatives from the WCEA and WASC. The mid-term report was approved and did not require any adjustments.
From 2003 to 2010, we fulfilled the school’s mission as our students grew strong in their Catholic faith, developed a personal relationship with God, increased their Christian leadership skills, and achieved academic excellence.
Update (September 2010): St. Brendan has received a six year renewal to 2016.
St. Brendan Parish School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). WCEA accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in nine western states (26 (arch) dioceses) and the US Territory of Guam. WCEA co-accredits and is in partnership with three Regional agencies (WASC, NAAS, NCA CASI) and two private agencies (CAIS and HAIS). WCEA began in 1957 in San Francisco and has a long and successful history of assisting school improvement through the accreditation process. Please visit the WCEA website for more information: www.westwcea.org