Bishop Chatard is accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the largest community of education professionals in the world. Regional accrediting agencies awarding accreditation as part of the AdvancED global network include the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Bishop Chatard is guided by the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools as well as the Five Principles of Catholic Identity in Education. BCHS is committed to the education of the whole person. While emphasis is placed on academics, students deepen their faith through retreats, liturgical celebrations, and service projects. They strive to develop their talents and interests through a broad spectrum of extracurricular activities.
2017/2018 ‘A’ School
Bishop Chatard earned an ‘A’ letter grade from the Indiana Department of Education for the 2017-2018 school year. This is the eighth consecutive year the school has received this designation. Indiana’s A-F Accountability Model holds schools and corporations to a higher standard and provides a more accurate picture of their performance by incorporating student academic growth and graduation rates, as well as college and career readiness, as measures of success.
Four Star School
Bishop Chatard High School has been named a Four Star School of Indiana for the 2017/2018 school year. This is the sixth consecutive year BCHS has received this honor.
To receive Four Star designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories (Language Arts and Math), and in the top 25th percentile in each grade tested. A qualifying school must have earned the highest designation (A rating) in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. A total of 234 Indiana schools received the award for the 2017/2018 school year.
Advanced Placement Award
Bishop Chatard High School was recognized in 2019 by the Indiana Department of Education for exemplary performance on 2018 Advanced Placement exams. A school must have at least 25 percent of a graduating class receive a 3 or higher on an AP exam to receive the Advanced Placement Award. Bishop Chatard’s Class of 2018 had 42 percent reach this level of achievement. This award was received by 54 Indiana schools. BCHS ranked 13th in those 54, making it the highest-achieving diocesan school in the state. Bishop Chatard’s Class of 2016 also received this award with 46 percent reaching this level of achievement; the Class of 2017 received the reward with 57 percent reaching the level.
2014 School of Excellence
Bishop Chatard has been honored as a School of Excellence by the Catholic Education Honor Roll, a program of the Cardinal Newman Society. The Catholic Education Honor Roll is a national program recognizing schools committed to strong Catholic identity. Recognized schools commit to and model the Principles of Catholic Identity in Education.
BCHS Achievement Awards
Bishop Chatard High School presents its Achievement Award at the school’s Annual Fund Dinner to honor faculty, alumni, community members and volunteers who epitomize the Catholic mission and values lived out daily at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis North Deanery High School. Presented annually since 1994, the Achievement Award is Bishop Chatard’s highest non-academic honor. It recognizes the important role the extended community plays in educating, nurturing and forming today’s students — tomorrow’s leaders.
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