St. John Paul II Catholic Schools awarded AdvancED school system accreditation

President Mike Hagstrom announced that St. John Paul II Catholic Schools system was granted AdvancED School System Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement accreditation seal. This means that the system and all of its schools are accredited, and that St. John Paul II Catholic Schools is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.

The St. John Paul II Catholic Schools system is comprised of three elementary Schools, a middle school and a high school. Holy Spirit Elementary located in north Fargo, Nativity Elementary in south Fargo, and Trinity Elementary in West Fargo. Sullivan Middle School and Shanley High School share a campus in south Fargo.

The accreditation process involves three ongoing components: 1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. The system’s accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the term.

“School System Accreditation as conferred by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission provides St. John Paul II Catholic Schools a nationally-recognized mark of quality for our system and all the schools within our system,” shared Mike Hagstrom. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”

Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, stated, “AdvancED School System Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. St. John Paul II Catholic Schools system is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

Parents and interested community members can learn more about the System Accreditation Process at