Saint Mark School in Venice has received full six-year accreditation from the Western Catholic Education Association/Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WCEA/WASC).

Accredited status is granted to a school through a process under which services and operations of the school or program are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met.

Saint Mark School, a kindergarten through eighth grade Catholic elementary school, underwent the accreditation process in the 2008-2009 school year.

School officials said the school was described by the visiting committee as a “creative learning environment, filled with enthusiastic and dedicated teachers.”

Students were complimented for manners, study skills and understanding/application of faith, and teachers were commended for cross-curricular teachings and application of technology in the classroom, school officials said.

“The hard work of the entire Saint Mark School community led to an impressive accreditation of a full six years, the longest period of time allowed for accreditation by the Western Catholic Educational Association,” officials said in a statement.

The new school year began August 31st with a school-wide mass and family dinner.

A celebration of the school’s reaccreditation and the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year was held during the week.