OLSH

Middle States

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Make your voice heard!

OLSH is in its self-study year for Middle States Accreditation. This is a process where the entire school community revisits its standards and practices. We review our academic curriculum, our sports programs, activities, and every other aspect of our school. School stakeholders will be invited to complete a survey, sharing their perspectives of OLSH.

Students and parents are taking the Middle States Survey the week of January 23 through 27. OLSH faculty and staff have already taken their survey, and the Board of Directors will take their survey very soon.

All of this data will be collected and used to create the three new Objectives for the 2018 – 2025 protocol, which will shape the planning of OLSH for the next seven years.

What is the Middle States Association?

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) was established in 1887 and is a nongovernmental, nonprofit, peer-administered organization. MSA provides leadership in school improvement for its member schools in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

The Middle States Association uses 12 Standards of Quality to determine if a school should be accredited. A school must also demonstrate that they have developed 3 to 5 Objectives for improving their school, and implemented the accomplishment of those Objectives. The emphasis is on student performance.

If you have any questions, or wish to offer any contributions to the Middle States process, please contact Mrs. Barbara Desman at bdesman@olsh.org, Mr. Brian Molka at bmolka@olsh.org, or Mrs. Amy Turnbull at aturnbull@olsh.org.

Middle States Objectives 2011-2018

Objective #1
By the year 2018, OLSH students will enhance their faith by demonstrating their knowledge of Catholic Teaching embodied in the Felician Mission of OLSH as evidenced by:
1. An increased class average of 40 percentage points on an in-house written assessment from freshman to senior year.

2. A 10% yearly increase in the total number of students participating in the following religious activities: Marian Group, Eucharistic Adorers, Pro-Life Group, Vocation Club.

Objective #2
By the year 2018, OLSH students will improve their analytical thinking skills as demonstrated by:
1. An increase in the class average SAT Math score of the senior class to be on par with or above the national Math score of 50 percentile. In the case where a senior has not taken the SAT, the PSAT converted score will be used to calculate the class average.

a. An increase in the average SAT Math score of all seniors planning to attend
4- year programs to be on par with or above the national Math score of 50 percentile. In the case where a senior has not taken the SAT, the PSAT converted score will be used to calculate the class average.

b. An increase in the average SAT Math score of all seniors attending non 4-year programs to be on par with or above the national Math score of 50 percentile. In the case where a senior has not taken the SAT, the PSAT converted score will be used to calculate the class average.

Objective #3

By the year 2018, the students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School will improve the quality of their student life as demonstrated by:

1. Increasing student participation in a school sponsored extracurricular activity by 5% (not percentage points)

2. Increasing student participation in a community building or service activity by 5% (not percentage points)

3. Increasing student participation on a school sponsored sports team by 5% (not percentage points)