Non-public schools may choose to be accredited by a state-recognized accrediting agency. Highland Catholic School is accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association. Accreditation provides recognized credibility, outside validation, a framework for long-range strategic planning, and an opportunity to highlight the many excellent accomplishments of the school and its students. Highland Catholic School participates in a seven year cycle of re-accreditation, which includes filing an annual report.The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has created a tool and review committee to ensure that Catholic schools are meeting the Standard of Catholic Identity. This tool is used in conjunction with the MNSAA self study component. It looks at Mission and Philosophy Statements, faith formation for staff development, policies and governance and other elements of a Catholic school.