Catalyst Alternative Private High School Boulder, CO

Catalyst is Accredited

Benefits of Accreditation

Catalyst High School

A diploma earned from an accredited high school provides instant recognition of a quality education. Colleges know that to become accredited, schools must continuously meet high standards.  When applying to colleges or universities, a transcript from an accredited high-school like Catalyst means that your school is valued on a par with other highly respected institutions of learning.

Accreditation means that students have:

  • Qualified teachers who are continually working to improve their practices and teaching methods in order to increase student performance
  • Access to a rich, diverse, and sound curriculum
  • Access to a range of student activities and support services
  • Transferability of credits from school to school
  • Greater access to federal loans, scholarships, post secondary education and military programs that require accreditation.
Accreditation is an activity, not a status. Schools are accredited because of the way they move, not the way they stand.
- John A. Stoops, Late Executive Director, CITA

Accreditation & Our School Community

The Catalyst school community is engaged in implementing continuous improvement and quality assurance through internal and external reviews.  Our accreditation demonstrates our quest for making excellence a habit; it’s about being the best a school can be on behalf of our students.

On April 30th, 2010, Catalyst High School was awarded the highest level of accreditation after a Quality Assurance Review (QAR) through North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). Founded in 1895, NCA CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary organization that accredits 27,000 high schools and universities worldwide.

During the review, the QAR team met with school administration, teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members.  The team examined the school’s systems and processes in relation to the seven NAC standards.

1. Vision and Purpose
2. Governance and Leadership
3. Teaching and Learning
4. Documenting and Using Results
5. Resource and Support Systems
6. Stakeholder Communications and Relationships
7. Commitment to Continuous Improvement

Congratulations, Ed, on Catalyst earning its accreditation. I know you and your staff have poured your hearts and souls into this program, and I am delighted that your contributions are being fully recognized.
- Karen A., Parent

In addition to Accreditation, Catalyst received special recognition for our:

You can listen to the review team giving us feedback via this link.

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The professional growth we experienced in preparation for earning our accreditation was astounding. We worked real hard to prepare for the Quality Assurance Review, and it paid off. We’re very proud to have earned the highest level of NCA accreditation.