AIMS and Mission Effectiveness Accreditations
In the 2017-2018 school year, Holy Child underwent two accreditations – AIMS and Mission Effectiveness. Both were extremely successful as a result of all the hard work our faculty, staff, parents, alumnae, Board, and students invested into the process. Thank you for your help in these initiatives! Read more about each visit here.
HOLY CHILD SUBMITTED a lengthy self-study document about the inner workings of the school to the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS). After reviewing this document, the AIMS Visiting Committee traveled to our campus to verify the information we included in the self-study report and to confirm we were aligned with the AIMS requirements.
The visit went extremely well and the committee chair commended us for delivering an excellent self-study document. Her entire team was extremely grateful for the hospitality they received and the spirit of Cornelia Connelly they witnessed in every aspect of our school. She highlighted what a wonderfully joyous place Holy Child is to work and minister. It was a great affirmation for all present that we are doing good work.
Our next steps is to pull together an Action Plan for AIMS to illustrate how we will implement some number of changes we outlined in our self-study, which will support the school’s continuing self-improvement efforts. We’ll also utilize the Action Plan as a guide for our five-year strategic plan review. That plan is due in October so our faculty and staff will be working on it over the summer.
Written by Kelly Tomon, Science Department Chair & AIMS Committee Chair
WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT that we completed a smooth and joyful Mission Effectiveness Visit this past school year! The visiting team was composed of administrators and teachers from School of the Holy Child in Rye (NY), Cornelia Connelly Center in New York City, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child (Summit, NJ), and Cornelia Connelly School (Anaheim, CA). The visiting team met with parents, alumnae, the Board of Trustees, administrators, staff, teachers, and current students to learn more about the ways in which the school lives out its Holy Child identity. We concluded with a prayer service during which the Visiting Committee shared its reflection on the school’s self-study. Below are a few noteworthy findings from the committee:
- They commended Connelly School of the Holy Child for its “sincere commitment to the mission and goals of the Holy Child Network of Schools, and (its) passion for cultivating joyful, young women of faith and conviction.”
- They heard students remark on how much they love to come to school. One student commented, “I get excited to go to school. There’s something for everyone here.” Many faculty members intentionally incorporate 21st century skills through cross-curricular projects and real-world applications. Student support is strong and creative, and innovative curricular ideas are greeted favorably by the administration. The Visiting Committee commended the school for working to create an atmosphere of support for all constituents.
- Multiple groups of students expressed their appreciation for the myriad of ways that they can explore their interests and passions. Parents consistently said how they chose Connelly School of the Holy Child because they knew their daughters would have the opportunity to “develop their voice.”
- Many parents specifically chose Connelly School of the Holy Child because of its Catholic identity, which they see lived out notably through the service opportunities.
- Alumnae reported that the bonds of the Holy Child community extend well past graduation. One alumna remarked, “I just love this place…when I think back to my four years here, I am filled with joy. The learning I did here has formed what I do in my day to day life, my parenting, everything.”
It was clear to the Visiting Committee that Connelly School of the Holy Child is committed to ensuring the vibrancy of the mission in the present day and its continuation in the future. They commended the Board of Trustees and the administration for its strategic thinking to ensure that the Holy Child mission and philosophy will thrive in the future. Over the next year, an action plan will be developed with specific steps towards addressing the recommendations of the Visiting Committee and the requirements of the Province Leadership Team. Some of the recommendations included internal communication, continue the school’s commitment to diversity, create a service program for all students in every grade level, and to continue to build a strong academic program.
Written by Mary Switzer Haardt, World Languages Department Chair & Mission Effectiveness Steering Committee Chair