St. Jude the Apostle is accredited by WCEA (Western Catholic Education Association) in conjunction with WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). Reaccreditation occurs on an every six year cycle. The school just completed its 2014 accreditation report and visit in March 2014 and received a full six-year term, the highest term granted. A major goal from this review includes transitioning to the Common Core State Standards in ELA (English Language Arts) and Mathematics. This transition process is being supported by the Department of Catholic Schools. The school is also looking at how to expand the curriculum to ensure we are ensuring that all students are reaching their potential. As part of the 2008 accreditation process, the school has adopted the LA Archdiocese’s STEP program. This program helps a Catholic school make minor adjustments to assist students who struggle academically with added support for instruction and especially for tests. As part of the 2014 process, the school would like to focus on those students who achieve in the top 25% on standardized tests to ensure that they are making their growth potential each year. The integration of technology along with the focus on critical reasoning in the Common Core standards are the tools that will be used to address this goal. As part of the accreditation process, the school submits an annual report on its progress to the Department of Catholic Schools each June. The Department of Catholic Schools also assigns one curriculum area each year for an in-depth study. Last year’s focus was on ELA (English Language Arts).