Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools Accreditation
Accreditation at St. Peter the Apostle School
St. Peter the Apostle School has been fully accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary Schools since 1980. The purpose of accreditation is to validate that the school meets essential standards for providing an excellent education, with sound administrative practices, and a focus on continuous improvement. Accreditation is renewed periodically through a process of self-study. After the self-study is completed, impartial educational peers from outside of the school visit the school and recommend that it be re-accredited based on their observations, interviews with students, parents, and stakeholders, and evidence provided by the school.
St. Peter the Apostle School completed its most recent self-study and re-accreditation visit in March 2023 and was recommended for re-accreditation.
More about Middle States Accreditation
"Excellence by Design is a self-study and accreditation protocol that uses strategic planning as a vehicle for establishing objectives for growth and improvement in student performance and in the school's capacity to effect that growth. In addition the protocol provides for a continuous review of programs and services and of the results of student performance. It also enables diverse constitutent groups to participate in charting the future of the institution." - https://www.msa-cess.org/
The key areas that are evaluated during the self-study and re-accreditation process are:
Governance and Leadership
School Improvement Planning
School Organization and Staff
Health and Safety
Assessment and Evidence of Student Learning
Student Life and Activities
Why should I choose a school that is accredited?
Accredited schools like SPAS are committed to studying all aspects of the school program and operations in a formal and cyclical study that enables self-reflection and continuous growth.
The process of accreditation requires transparency within the school community since the study includes parents, students, faculty/staff, board members, and anyone with a stake in the school's success. It also requires transparency from outside of the school community. Impartial educational professionals from outside of the school community evaluate the self-study and action plans created to improve student performance and the organization of the school.
Accreditation mandates a school culture of planning and continuous improvement. Engaging in the process of self-reflection, data collection and study, and listening to the community, schools that are accredited constantly plan, evaluate, and strive for improvement in student performance and in the organization of the school.
Accreditation is not mandated by the government. An accredited school voluntarily chooses to undergo this process to show that they meet the standards for accreditation.