Accreditation and Recognition


All of the elementary, middle and high schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), a prestigious accrediting agency that sanctions such esteemed New England institutions as Harvard and Yale Universities. The process schools undergo to be accredited is an arduous one that includes a detailed self study, intensive peer review, and timely responses to recommendations for improvement. Archdiocesan schools meet or exceed the demanding standards set by NEASC and understand that association with the independent schools of this organization deepens their commitment to excellence in education.

Information regarding the New England Association of Schools and Colleges:

Schools with a School Readiness Program are also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

National Blue Ribbon Schools

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where students are making significant gains in academic achievement. A vital part of the U.S. Department of Education, the program identifies and disseminates knowledge about effective school leadership and instructional practices. The Award is both a high aspiration and a potent resource of practitioner knowledge (U.S. Department of Education).

The following schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford have been recognized as "Exemplary High Performing" and are among the highest performing schools in the nation, as measured by nationally-normed tests:

St. Francis School, New Haven 1986
East Catholic High School, Manchester 1986
Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford 1989
St. Brendan School, New Haven 1990
Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden 1993
St. Martha School, Enfield 2010
St. James School, Manchester 2010
St. Gabriel School, Windsor 2011
Our Lady of Mercy School, Madison 2012
St. Dominic School, Southington 2012
Corpus Christi School, Wethersfield 2012
St. Mary School, Simsbury 2018