Ville de Marie Academy is a member school and an approved candidate for accreditation from the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPC*IS). Below is some information about this unique and prestigious accreditation.
NAPC*IS member schools have as their mission the salvation of souls and academic excellence. Students who attend a school accredited by NAPCIS will profit from a program and curriculum designed to realize the school’s mission. The study of math, science, literature, history, and language, while training students in the reflective activity that requires no further purpose, is a means to an end. Education trains students to think intelligently, reason critically and wisely, and to express themselves with clarity and competence. The responsibility, therefore, of the educated person is the responsibility of influence and the proper use of that influence in the personal, professional and social sphere in which he/she lives.
NAPC*IS – STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE
The school adheres to the tenets of the Catholic Faith in recognition of and obedience to the Pope and Magisterium.
The Board of Trustees, administration and faculty demonstrate the practice of the Catholic Faith in their daily lives and annually sign a profession of Faith and an Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium.
The school has an established and documented philosophy of education in agreement with the Catholic Faith.
Catholic moral teaching is featured, supported and rewarded in the life of the school.
The school has clearly defined goals and objectives consistent with the expressed philosophy and academic program of the institution.
The goals and objectives of the school are stated in a manner corresponding to the way in which the curriculum is actually organized and taught.
The school defines and enforces policies and procedures regulating all administrative and academic actions.
The curriculum content is informed by the Catholic tradition of excellence and demonstrated sound practices of education.
The administration and faculty have the education and experience appropriate to the positions they fill and the duties they perform.
The school defines and enforces admission requirements which prepare students to fully participate in the learning experience of the institution.
The school evaluates student progress in learning all elements of curriculum content.
The school facilities, equipment and materials support and enhance the educational experience of the institution.
The school demonstrates sound fiscal practices and processes which include long-range planning strategies to support its academic program with adequate staffing, facilities, equipment and materials.
The school demonstrates a defined organizational structure that supports the corporate and academic operations of the institution.
The school ascertains how well it is meeting its defined religious and academic goals by a means of evaluation that is an ongoing, systematic review and assessment of student progress, personnel, curriculum, management and finances, facility and equipment.
Having established Standards of Excellence for private Catholic and independent schools, the primary activity of the accreditation commission of NAPCIS is to identify member elementary and secondary schools that offer quality religious and general education programs, and meet NAPCIS accreditation requirements. It also provides encouragement to schools that desire to raise their requirements to the level of NAPCIS standards.