- AdvanceED – AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. It is a non-profit, “non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.” CHA has met the requirements established by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission and Board of Trustees.
- Archdiocese of Washington Catholic School Academic Standards – We are in complete compliance with the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Academic Standards for our entire academic curriculum. These standards reflect the moral and spiritual code of conduct that is rooted in the Gospel values – values that inspire leadership, stimulate creativity, and utilize each child’s individual talents. Please visit their website for more information at: http://www.adw.org/.
- National Catholic Education Association – located at 1077 30th Street, NW, Suite 100 , Washington, D.C. 20007. This association “provides leadership, direction, and service to fulfill the evangelizing catechizing and teaching mission of the church”. Please visit their website for more information at: http://www.ncea.org.
- National Blue Ribbon School – The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States government program created in 1982 to honor schools which have achieved high levels of performance. “Exemplary High Performing” schools have their state’s highest high school graduation rates and the highest achieving students (the top 15%) in English and mathematics, measured by state assessments. Only about 8% of schools earn this prestigious award. CHA earned the award in 2015 and will be eligible to apply again in 2020.
- The National Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – As a member of this association we stand together “To assist the involvement of children and adults in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those values of contemplation and enjoyment of God, are predominant.” For more information about Catholic Montessori Atriums, visit: http://www.cgsusa.org/about/default.aspx
- Maryland Department of Education –CHA is fully approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. This approval is based upon the inspection of our facilities, the quality of our program, and certification of our teachers.
Catholic School Advantage – Fact Sheet
The following is research noted by the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame. Click on the logo for more information and detailed references.
- The achievement gap is smaller in faith-based schools (Jeynes, 2007; Marks & Lee, 1989).
- Students in Catholic and other private schools demonstrate higher academic achievement than students from similar backgrounds in public schools (Coleman & Hoffer, 1987; Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Greeley, 1982; Sander, 1996).
- Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote than public school graduates (Dee, 2005).
- Graduates of Catholic schools are likely to earn higher wages than public school graduates (Hoxby, 1994; Neal, 1997).
- Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant for diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Greeley & Rossi, 1966; Greene, 1998; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).