After a three-day inspection by the Texas Catholic Conference of Education Department, the Collins Catholic School in Corsicana passed its 10-year accreditation renewal with high marks, according to Principal Philip Riley.

“It was primarily exemplary and outstanding ratings in almost every criteria,” Riley said.

Preparation for the institutional audit took more than a year of work by the staff and the campus’ advisory committee, and parish leaders. The school had to prepare a report or “self-study,” on the different aspects of the campus, including academics, faith and facilities.

The inspectors from the TCCED spent several days in Corsicana last week, checking out the workings of the school, and confirming the statements in the self-study.

The renewal is expected to become official in December, when the TCCED accreditation board meets to review the findings of the inspectors, and make recommendations for the accreditation of schools visited in the fall. However, the positive preliminary results were shared with school officials late last week.

“This is quite an achievement when you consider the high standards that are expected of the more than 350 Catholic schools in the state of Texas,” Riley said. “It was a team effort,” he added.

The 52-year-old Collins Catholic School is the only accredited private school in Navarro County. It has 179 students in grades 4K through eighth grade.

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