PORTLAND — St. Brigid School in Portland has received accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The accreditation was made official at the association’s Board of Trustees meeting in February. 

NEASC accreditation is structured in a self-study report featuring input from the entire school community as well as a peer review that is completed by a visiting committee of education professionals and experts. Other NEASC-accredited Catholic schools in Maine include St. Michael School in Augusta, St. James School in Biddeford, St. Thomas School in Sanford, Mount Merici Academy in Waterville, and Cheverus High School in Portland.

“We are thrilled to receive this news as it reaffirms what we already knew about our school,” said William Burke, principal of St. Brigid. “The visiting committee observed our students truly embodying our mission of being a community of scholarship, faith, and service. It’s a proud day for St. Brigid and the wonderful teachers, students, and school families that work to make it a special place.”

“The NEASC reiterated the commendations of the visiting committee about the school’s unmistakable enthusiasm, welcoming spirit, and show of excellence,” said Daniel Ferris, the NEASC’s director for accreditation and school improvement. “This was evident throughout the school community and notable with the students and their parents. The committee singled out the faculty for its dedication to skillful teaching and effective student learning, and Mr. Burke, along with the advisory board, received praise from the committee for their energy and zeal in leading a solidly Catholic school.”

“The diocese congratulates St. Brigid for this significant achievement and the great contributions they make to the Church and the community,” said Marianne Pelletier, superintendent of Maine Catholic Schools. “The purpose of our schools is to educate the whole person of the children who participate in these centers of educational excellence. St. Brigid successfully helps our young people to see the incredible gifts they possess and the responsibility they have to share those gifts with others. Our Catholic schools, students, and dedicated staff members truly bring hope to our world.”

For more information about St. Brigid and all of Maine’s Catholic schools, visit www.mainecatholicschools.com.