Middle States Association Visit & Self Study

Over the past two years, the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Syracuse, including Bishop Grimes have been participating in an in-depth self-study as part of the system-wide accreditation process with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. All diocesan Catholic schools have been working together in hopes of gaining this system accreditation.

After months of compiling survey data, evidence, and many meetings, the Bishop Grimes Internal Planning Committee, which was composed of faculty, staff, parents, and Board members, is please to present the Bishop Grimes community with our school’s completed self-study report. The report is comprised of three sections:

  1. Profile of the School
  2. Profile of the Student
  3. Profile of Organizational Capacity.

The third component includes twelve standards that were examined, including parental surveys that were answered during the 2013-2014 school year, two Student Performance Objectives that allow Bishop Grimes to focus on increasing achievement in ELA and Mathematics, and finally Action Plans that will provide a road map to success on our seven-year quest to attain our two Student Performance Objectives.

Following the conclusion of the Middle States Visiting Team’s visit, the BG Self-Study will be made available to all of our BG Stakeholders. If you are interested in serving on one of our Implementation Teams that will work to implement the Action Plans, please let Mr. Kinne know.

On Tuesday, May 12th, a Visiting Team from Middle States, made up of educators and administrators from around New York and surrounding states, visited Bishop Grimes.  During their visit at Bishop Grimes, the team members spoke with administrators, teachers, staff members, parents, students, and Board of Trustee members.

On Thursday, May 15th, the Visiting Team presented a brief summary report of their findings after visiting all 22 schools throughout the entire Diocese of Syracuse.  Bishop Grimes celebrates with the rest of the Diocese at the announcement that the Visiting Team has made the recommendation to the Middle States that all of the schools within the Diocese be accredited or re-accredited without stipulation.  The video below is the summary presentation from Middle States.


Bishop Grimes should receive the full report from Middle States with commendations and recommendations within the next six weeks at which time Bishop Grimes will make the final version of the Self-Study available on the website.
The Bishop Grimes community would like to thank the members of the Internal Planning Team: Mary Ann Donnelly, David Wheeler, Robin Millick, Marni Nolan, Kayla Purcell, Mary Beth Kelley, Sarah Kinne, Nancy Toscano, Cathleen Hendrick, Rebecca McKenney, Kristene Firenze, Sue Collins, Tina Giblin Breazeale, Maureen DeChick, and Joseph Insel. A special thank you to Pat Kinne who served as the school’s representative on the System-wide Planning Team as well as the Internal Planning Team Coordinator for Bishop Grimes. Thank you all for your invest of time and talents into the bright future of Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School.

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