Cathedral High School granted accreditation
WILBRAHAM -- The Commission on Independent Schools has granted Cathedral High School (CHS) a continued 10 years accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the oldest such accrediting team in the country.
The NEASC letter states: “The Commission particularly commends the entire school community for a spirit of resilience and courage that has few parallels in New England Schools – a spirit shared by all members of the school community and which will service it well in the days ahead.”
The school community remains in a temporary space at the former Memorial School in Wilbraham because of the damage to its Springfield campus on Surrey Road during the June 1, 2011 tornado. A recent settlement between the Springfield Diocese and its insurance carrier, Catholic Mutual, means that planning for repairs and rebuilding of the school can proceed.
“…There is strength in the school – from its highest leadership to the first-year student – that any observer can see,” the letter also states. “This is a community that believes in itself, that finds opportunity in crisis, and that is seeking creative ways to solve problems.”
“Along with their commendation, the commission’s recommendations dovetail perfectly with many of the initiatives already underway,” said John Miller, principal of Cathedral High School. “For instance, the commission is in full agreement with our efforts to improve our advancement and admission programs.
“Also, Cathedral and the commission are aligned in our efforts to bring greater clarity to our governance structure so that we better understand and implement each person’s role for greatest impact and effectiveness,” Miller continued. “And finally, we will continue to improve the infrastructure of the school to provide better facilities for our academic programs.”
“Work on these improvements is already underway,” said Miller.