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St. Vincent High School has been nationally accredited since 1933. The accreditation process is generally a five (5) year cycle with a visitation of Peer Educators reviewing the school on the fifth year.  Each visit reviews accomplishments since the previous visit and concludes with a report which identifies strengths and areas of need within the school.  These areas of need are then addressed by faculty and administration in preparation for the next visit (5 years later).

The QAR (Quality Assurance Review) accreditation occurred on April 6-7, 2016 in five (5) areas/standards. Click the link to view the report from the external review team for St. Vincent High School.
2016 AdvancEd Final Report Conclusions

This year we will be surveying the community, faculty, parent, and students. With this data, we are able to look at our Purpose and Direction, our Governance and Leadership Structures, our Teaching and Assessing for Learning, our Resource and Support Systems, and our Using Results for Continuous Improvement and plan for the future.

The accreditation process ensures our graduates have received an education that meets national, state, and college and career readiness standards, making them more competitive for scholarships and college admission.  Students who attend a school accredited by AdvancED can rest assured that the school is committed to raising student performance and held accountable for improving student learning on a continual basis.

To see additional information on AdvancED (the accrediting agency) and the process, you can visit AdvancEd and click on the link "Tools for School Accreditation." 

AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools:

1. Purpose and Direction
2. Governance and Leadership
3. Teaching and Assessing for Learning
4. Resources and Support Systems
5. Using Results for Continuous Improvement

Accreditation means that students have:

  • Qualified teachers who are continually working to improve their practices and teaching methods in order to increase student performance.
  • Access to a rich, diverse, and sound curriculum.
  • Access to a range of student activities and support services.
  • Transferability of credits from school to school.
  • Greater access to federal loans, scholarships, post secondary education, and military programs that require accreditation.

The school credits that students earn at an AdvancED accredited school are recognized by schools, colleges, and universities globally. Through AdvancED's reciprocal agreements with sister accrediting organizations, students can continue their educational goals in the United States or around the world.

For more information click the links below: 
http://www.advanc-ed.org/

Educational Resource Link: 
www.allthingsplc.info

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SV Schools Show Me Dough Fundraiser

St. Vincent Schools will be participating in the Show Me Dough Fundraiser, which consists of butter braids, pizza, and...Read More

SV Schools Show Me Dough Fundraiser

St. Vincent Schools will be participating in the Show Me Dough Fundraiser, which consists of butter braids, pizza, and cookie dough. The fundraiser begins November 23 and ends December 10. The money raised will be used for SV School Security and Track Team. The delivery date is December 21 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. Just in time for your Christmas celebrations.

We are encouraging each student to sell 10 items. As always thank you for all you do and your support! Questions, email Emily Hager at ehager@svdepaul.org.

Message from Fr. Joe
As superintendent of Saint Vincent Schools, it is my responsibility to ensure the safety of our students and staff and act in the best interest of our...Read More

Message from Fr. Joe

As superintendent of Saint Vincent Schools, it is my responsibility to ensure the safety of our students and staff and act in the best interest of our schools.

I had hoped that we could begin this school year with normalcy rather than with masks and quarantines but it seems that the pandemic has not yet finished with us. It is still my goal to provide as much in-school learning as possible.

As part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and citizens of Perry County, we are obliged to cooperate with the Perry County Health Department and follow the guidelines they provide. The Health Department has threatened to report any noncompliance of our school to various agencies including the Missouri High School Athletic Association which could result in the disqualification of our school from interscholastic sports competition. While I do not care for such threats, it is not in the best interest of our school nor our students to risk that outcome.

In my view, it is not proper for St. Vincent Schools to become an enforcing agent of the health department's quarantine orders. That is a civil matter, not a school matter. However, providing a safe environment for faculty, staff, and students is very much a school matter.

This past week a significant number of our students were ordered to quarantine by the health department. Subsequently, the health department notified us of their quarantine order. A few parents chose to disobey the quarantine order and send their children to school without masks or social distance. Because I do not wish to be the enforcing agent of a quarantine, but wish to protect the rest of our students and staff to whatever degree possible, We asked that these students at least wear a mask and social distance. Some refused even to do this which compromised those around us and created a scene unbecoming of St. Vincent de Paul School.

Later this week the matter will be discussed by the school board. Until I receive their counsel and come to a further decision on the matter, we will follow these protocols.

When the health department notifies us of students who test positive for COVID-19, that student will not be allowed to attend in-school classes at St. Vincent school until they are cleared by the health department to return.

When the health department notifies us of quarantined students who were "close contacts", we encourage parents to follow the direction of the health department.

If a close contact student showing no symptoms comes to school we will:

• Notify the health department of their non-compliance with the health department's order.

• We will require them to wear a mask and social distance from other students/staff.

• If they fail to comply with the mask and social distance requirement, they will be suspended from school for the duration of the quarantine order.

Obviously, if a student is showing symptoms, we will send them home and encourage their parents to take appropriate action.

I pray you can see my effort to find a middle road here. It has been my experience that, as midwesterners, we are a little more rational than some parts of our country. We appreciate your continued support.

Fr. Joe
 
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