St. Theresa school on path to accreditation |

St. Theresa school on path to accreditation

St. Theresa Catholic School is expecting a three-year accreditation for its curriculum and other practices while it gears for improvements such as expanding a classroom and planning a library.

Danette Winslow, in her third year as principal of the school where she was formerly a teacher, said accreditation teams will likely grant a three-year term.

Schools place emphasis on such accreditation since it validates and places a stamp of approval on curriculum, finances, leadership, enrollment and basic philosophy.

The school was visited by teams with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and Western Catholic Educational Association, Winslow said.

Winslow is particularly proud of the school’s embrace of technology such as laptops and Smartboards. One program, called Power School, allows parents to use a password to view such things as their child’s grades, grade-point average, tardiness, absences and teacher comments.

“It’s just a different level of accountability,” Winslow said.

Winslow said she has also been in discussion with Lake Tahoe Unified School District Superintendent on dual enrollment possibilities.

During her three years Winslow aimed to end combined grade classes, such as fourth and fifth-graders being taught by one teacher.

Enrollment has remained relatively steady with 163 students this school year, compared to 198 last year and 168 in 2003-04.

Besides replacing desks dating to the 1960s and consistently improving finances with an emergency reserve, Winslow said the school is looking at implementing a library.

In addition, she wants to set up an alumni association for the school, established in 1994.

“I think the school has a lot to give back to the community,” she said.

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