St. John the Baptist Catholic School was originally accredited in 1999 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
St. Johnís continues to remain accredited and now participated in District Accreditation with the Diocese of Birmingham School System through AdvancED, the parent corporation for SACS.
AdvancED serves more than 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 69 countries that educate over 15 million students. AdvancEd believes that students must be prepared to succeed in a constantly-evolving and diverse world and that educational institutions have a deep responsibility to deliver quality education to students from all walks of life.
As the global leader in advancing education excellence through accreditation and school improvement, AdvancED brings together more than 100 years of experience and the expertise of the two largest national accreditation agencies ó the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
The AdvancED Accreditation Process, a protocol embraced around the world, is a clear and comprehensive program of evaluation and external review, supported by research-based standards, and dedicated to helping schools, districts and education providers continuously improve.
The purpose of regional accreditation is school improvement, which focuses on student performance. To maintain accreditation, each accredited school must conduct a continuing program of educational improvement; meet standards of accreditation; submit annual reports that certify the completion of plans for educational improvements, as well as assessment of the schoolís ability to meet standards; be re-evaluated by outside peer professional educators at five-year intervals.
Regional accreditation assures students, parents, and faculty that teaching conditions at accredited schools meet necessary requirements and that efforts are continuously made for school improvement focused on student performance.