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​​The Department of Catholic Schools provides support, guidance, and assistance to Catholic schools by:

  • Assisting schools in evaluating and strengthening the Catholic identity of the school

  • Supporting the faith formation of the entire school community

  • Advancing the realization of the school's Mission and philosophy in accordance with Catholic social teachings

  • Developing resources for the faith formation of principals, teachers, and staff members as spiritual and educational leaders

  • Appointing the commissioner(s) and facilitating the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA)  accreditation for archdiocesan, parish, and independent Catholic schools

  • Providing training and support for financial oversight and planning, marketing and development, public relations, tuition and enrollment management

  • Nurturing and encouraging mutual support among Catholic schools

  • Providing opportunities for ongoing professional development for principals and teachers

  • Providing in-service programs on archdiocesan policies, practices, and procedures for school leadership

  • Fostering and implementing the goals of the Department of Catholic Schools

  • Assisting distressed schools with the development of stabilization plans

  • Responding to schools that seek reorganization and substantive change

  • Advising in the establishment and licensing of preschools 

  • Identifying potential leaders of schools and supporting the process of recruiting, selecting, and hiring new principals and presidents

  • Advising pastors in supervising  and evaluating principals at parish schools

  • Supervising and evaluating presidents and principals of archdiocesan high schools

  • Directing a systemic approach to curriculum development,  planning and evaluation

  • For archdiocesan and parish high schools, guiding the process of staff selection, guiding and assessing the effectiveness of  stewardship programs, and evaluating and promoting  effective models of school governance

  • Providing guidance on the annual budget and monthly financial reports of all schools

  • Reviewing and approving the annual budget and monitoring monthly financial reports of designated archdiocesan elementary and high schools

  • Consulting and advising on issues of student behavior and appropriate disciplinary actions

  • Providing advice and support, as needed, on personnel matters and practices

  • Encouraging active engagement in community relations

  • Approving capital improvements and capital investments in conjunction with the regional bishop's office, the  Construction Department, and the  Real Estate Department, as appropriate

  • Collaborating with C3​ on  technology projects and initiatives

  • Such other matters as may be appropriate to assist in the successful administration of schools.