St. Jude the Apostle is accredited by WCEA (Western Catholic Education Association) in conjunction with WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). Re-accreditation occurs on a six year cycle. This year, St. Jude was granted a full six-years, the highest term granted. Major goals from this review that have been addressed included the following: transitioning to the Common Core Standards for ELA (English Language Arts) and Mathematics as well as focusing on those students who achieve in the top 25% on standardized tests to ensure that they are reaching their own individual growth potential each year. The integration of technology into the curriculum is an essential part of this plan (allows for added individualization of skills).
As part of the accreditation process, the school submits an Annual Report of Progress each June to the Department of Catholic Schools (DCS) which is part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The report is the school’s opportunity to self-reflect on the steady progress in accomplishing the stated goals. The DCS also provides ongoing professional development opportunities to the school to support this process.