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MNSAA School of Distinction Opportunity

Blue RibbonCongratulations to St. Augustine Cathedral School in Kalamazoo for Receiving the 2012 School of Distinction Award!

Within the seven-cycle accreditation process, each school will be visited during the third - fourth year as a check on progress being undertaken.  On the basis of information gained through the self-study, annual reports, and the interim discussion visit, if it is determined that the school has resolved the concerns indicated in the site visit report, compliance issues are in order, and there is a written three-to-five year strategic plan in place, the school may be recommended to seek the challenge that may lead to an award known as “School of Distinction.”

If the school accepts this challenge to raise the bar for school improvement, the school improvement team determines two or three substantive goals (reviewed by Regional Council members) that will become its focus and replace the traditional annual report format. 

  • The goals must be directly linked to the school improvements and must have positive impact for students. 
  • The goals must be an enhancement of MNSAA Standards as cited in the self-study manual.
  • The goal results must be measurable.

The school then has usually two to three years to achieve its goals and report success.  The new annual narrative report includes:  specific goal s and action taken or documented progress.

As goals are achieved, the school improvement team prepares both written documentation and as well as presentation to members of the Regional and/or Leadership Council.  When goals are achieved, the school will be expected to have a presentation of results at one of M-A-N-S sponsored conferences.

The school would receive the “School of Distinction” designation for the year in which the success was achieved.

The following schools have received the "School of Distinction" designation. Congratulations!

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2012 School of Distinction - St. Augustine Cathedral School - Kalamazoo

Diocese of Kalamazoo

600 West Michigan Avenue

Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3789

Phone: 269-349-1945

PreK - 8th Grade

2011 & 2008 School of Distinction - St. Michael Catholic School - Livonia

Archdiocese of Detroit

11311 Hubbard

Livonia, MI 48150

Phone: 734-421-7360, ext. 225

Grades PK - 8

2009 School of Distinction - St. Mary Catholic School - Wayne

Archdiocese of Detroit

34516 Michigan Avenue

Wayne, MI 48184

Phone: 734-721-1240

Grades K - 8

2007 School of Distinction - St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School - Grand Rapids

Diocese of Grand Rapids

1429 Wilcox Park Dr SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: 616-458-4228 x302

PreK -8th Grade




2007 School of Distinction - St. Gerard Catholic School - Lansing

Diocese of Lansing

4433 W. Willow

Lansing, MI 48917-2182

Phone: 517-321-6126

PreK -8th Grade

2007 School of Distinction - Holy Angels Catholic School - Traverse City

Diocese of Gaylord

123 E. 11th Street

Traverse City, MI 49684

Phone: 231-995-8425

PreK - 2nd Grade


2007 School of Distinction - Immaculate Conception Catholic School - Traverse City

Diocese of Gaylord

218 Vine Street

Traverse City, MI 49684

Phone: 231-947-1252

Grades 3 - 5

2007 School of Distinction - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Middle School - Traverse City

Diocese of Gaylord

1601 Three Mile Road

Traverse City, MI 49696

Phone: 231-932-4810

Grades 6 - 8

2007 School of Distinction - St. Francis Catholic High School - Traverse City

123 East Eleventh Street

Traverse City, MI 49684

Phone: 231-946-8038

Grades 9 - 12

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