St. Teresa’s Academy Earns Near Perfect Accreditation Score

St. Teresa’s Academy has been accredited by the North Central Association/AdvancED every year since 1923. In March of 2019, the most recent accreditation process was successfully completed.

Out of 30 Standards AdvancED uses to rank Educational Excellence, STA received the highest marks with all 30 Standards.

AdvancED provided the Index of Education Quality® (IEQ®) as a measure of overall performance based on a comprehensive set of standards and review criteria. The IEQ is comprised of the Standards Diagnostic ratings from three areas: 1) Leadership Capacity; 2) Learning Capacity; and 3) Resource Capacity. The IEQ results are reported on a scale of 100 to 400 and provide information about how the institution is performing compared to expected criteria.

387 out of 400

Average IEQ*:

*Based on all AdvancED Improvement Network (AIN) institutions evaluated for accreditation in the last five years.

Findings from the final Accreditation Report include:

  • “The commitment to high expectations at STA is embedded in all facets (stakeholder interviews, classroom observations, administration overview, and informal conversations) of the school.”
  • “The school has taken purposeful and intentional steps to create learning environments and innovative programs. Each of these programs were born out of forward-thinking faculty and staff to provide the very best for the students.”
  • “A strength of the school is the many and varied community partnerships the school has created.”
  • “Tradition and connections to their Catholic heritage through the charisms of the Sisters of St. Joseph are ingrained in the culture of the school. The culture is strong and built on years of high expectations, rigorous programs, and successful students.”

“My girls thought college was easy after attending STA.”
From Parent Accreditation Survey

About AdvancED and NCA CASI

Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world's largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students.  AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

NCA CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary association of nearly 10,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout the world.


Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards.  The accreditation process is also known in terms of its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education.