Nov. 9, 2015

Resurrection Catholic School in Lancaster moved one step closer to re-accreditation when an evaluation team found the school met the 12 criteria set by the Middle States Association.

A three-person team spent Nov. 3-6 at Resurrection talking to parents, students, staff, the school board and pastors about the school and its impact on them. The team also evaluated the K-8 curriculum and analyzed a self-study prepared by Resurrection staff over the course of the past year.

Frank Mokriski, accreditation team member and principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Southampton, Pa, said the self-study tells what the school does, and the team was there to make sure it’s actually doing it. He observed fire drills, dismissals and other school aspects from governance to food service.

Team member and administrator of St. Barnabas in southwest Philadelphia Catherine Callinan said, “The school is very proud, from the principal right down to the students. Everyone feels happy here, like a family. That permeated every conversation. They celebrate diversity, support one another and want this to be the best school ever.”

The team, which also included Mary Catherine Sweeney, a third grade teachers at St. John the Baptist in New Freedom, Pa., will submit its report to the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools which will reach a decision on accreditation in the spring.

“The Catholic identity is prominent throughout the entire building and learning is taking place in a Catholic, safe environment,” Mokriski said. “That’s what Catholic education is all about.”

Parents, the team said, believe that being at Resurrection makes their children better people. “Manners, politeness, mutual respect for one another,” Callinan said. “As long as this place is teaching their children to be good Christians who are well-educated, that’s what they want.”