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St. Mary Catholic School receives accreditation

The Board of Directors of Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation proudly announces the accreditation of St. Mary School in New Richmond.

St. Mary School complies with WRISA educational standards and are members in good standing.

"We applaud the accomplishments of the St. Mary School community and its commitment to ongoing school improvement and high standards of excellence," said WRISA's executive director Beatrice Weiland.

Schools must complete a comprehensive year-long self study during which time they examine every aspect of their educational program. The following year, a team of peer educators conduct an onsite visit to validate the school's self study and verify compliance with the WRISA standards and quality indicators. The school develops a long range plan for school improvement based on all recommendations identified by their self study team, the visiting team and all other goals determined by school leadership. After reviewing these reports, the WRISA Board of Directors determines the accreditation status of the school.

Schools that are accredited enter a seven-year cycle. During that time, they submit annual reports to the board of directors that detail their progress in meeting their yearly goals. In the sixth year of their cycle, schools conduct a new self-study. This is followed by another site visit and the submittal of a new visiting team report and long-range plan to the WRISA Board of Directors in the seventh year.

For more information and a complete listing of schools, visit WRISA is a state chapter of the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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