About WRISA Accreditation
Excerpt from The Compass, Jan 26, 2018 edition:
Franciscan Sr. Kay Klackner, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Green Bay, provided information about the process of accrediting Catholic schools in the diocese:
Accreditation is the vehicle by which all of the Green Bay diocesan schools support the effort to have the school and parish personnel moving in the same educational direction. The most recent Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation (WRISA) instrument we use for the m majority of our schools is specifically designed by the leadership of the five dioceses of Wisconsin for Catholic schools and based on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (2012). A school/system completes rigorous examination of Catholic culture, programs and operations using 13 standards and 74 benchmarks under four domains:
Mission and Catholic Identity
Governance and Leadership
After a thorough school/system and parish collaborative study, the findings are validated by an external team of Catholic educators followed by a school-created action plan to improve in each of the domains.
While it is important for schools to measure itself with a rigorous set of benchmarks to demonstrate competence and gain accreditation, it is more important that the accreditation process is an annual process of school improvement documented each year through an annual report and certification. Continual growth assures that we have vibrant, Catholic, quality, and well-operational schools bringing our youth to know and serve Jesus.
St. Rose St. Mary's Catholic School is a fully accredited institution under the guidelines set forth by both WRISA (State) and NFNSSAA (National).
Read more about the accreditation requirements and processes here: