Dear Archbishop Shaw Family,

 “Excelsior: Ever Striving, Ever Achieving” is the motto of Archbishop Shaw High School. This ideal applies to the students, faculty, and administration of our school. To continue striving for excellence as a school, Archbishop Shaw will once again participate in the Advanc-Ed re-accreditation process. The mission of Advanc-Ed and the accreditation process is to “Lead and empower the education community to ensure that all learners realize their full potential” (

 To facilitate this process, Archbishop Shaw administration and faculty began a period of self-reflection, analysis, and evaluation in order to determine the best practices to meet the needs of the Westbank community it serves. Three years ago, the school leadership retained the services of Meitler Consulting, which “has provided the highest level of professional services in the specialized sector of planning and research for schools, parishes, dioceses, and related not-for-profit institutions. ” for over forty (40) years   to assist with the process ( As a result, our school has developed a five-year strategic plan to guide the services of the school.

Throughout the upcoming months, we invite all stakeholders to participate in the process of re-accreditation by completing surveys, attending focus group sessions, or sharing ideas on how Archbishop Shaw can fulfill its mission to “further the college preparatory education of its students in a manner consistent with the doctrines of Catholic education and in the context of the Salesian philosophy.” As the re-accreditation process develops, stakeholders will have the opportunity to guide the future of Archbishop Shaw by reviewing how well the school meets the needs of the community through analysis of three critical domains: Teaching and Learning Impact, Leadership Capacity, Resource Utilization. Your participation and feedback are critical to the success of Archbishop Shaw High School to meet the needs of your son and others in the greater New Orleans area.

As the re-accreditation process continues, the administration looks forward to your participation as, together, we continue striving for excellence at Archbishop Shaw High School.


 Mr. Mark Williams, M.Ed.