The Forum: St. Joseph Central High School earns NEASC accreditation


PITTSFIELD — St. Joseph Central High School has successfully earned accreditation for the next 10 years, after completing a detailed self-evaluation process facilitated through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC),

St. Joseph School Board President John O'Brien applauded all those involved in the accreditation process, stating that it was "no small undertaking. We are extremely pleased with the NEASC commendations and have incorporated all of the NEASC committee's recommendations into a bold multi-year strategic plan."

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski has approved the Catholic school's strategic plan and stated: "I want to reaffirm the commitment of the Diocese of Springfield in partnership with the local Berkshire community to continue support of St. Joseph Central High School and its academic mission. While there are great challenges, the need for Catholic secondary education in Berkshire County remains strong."

The diocese provided in excess of $600,000 in funding for the school during the current fiscal year, supplemented by school tuition and a year-round fundraising program.

NEASC identified "many areas for commendation," including St. Joseph's "skillful faculty and staff who effectively support the needs of each student," its "implementation of a revised mission," and its "enthusiastic community spirit."

"Solidifying enrollment as a primary focus while also working on a marketing and a strategic plan," was recommended by NEASC. After another recommendation, the diocese will begin working with the school on creating a new interactive website.

The school reported that registrations for the Fall 2016 freshman class is more than double the enrollment of the current class, and noted that 96 percent of students receive some form of tuition assistance.

"Everything is trending in the right direction," said Principal Amy Gelinas, Ed.D.

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