The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools recently announced that Albertus Magnus High School, a private Catholic co-ed high school in Bardonia, has earned reaccreditation.
Middle States accredits preK-12 public, private, parochial and charter schools as well as non-degree granting career and technical post-secondary institutions and learning services providers.
Middle States accreditation is a multifaceted evaluation process that schools and school systems voluntarily use to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of research-based performance standards.
The 12 Middle States Standards for Accreditation are mission; governance and leadership; school improvement planning; finances; facilities; school organization and staff; health and safety; educational program; assessment and evidence of student learning; student services; student life and activities, and information resources.
The accreditation process begins with a self-study conducted by the school or school system and requires input from school leaders, teachers, parents and students. A team of volunteer educators from Middle States member schools then conducts a peer review.
The peer review team makes its recommendation for accreditation or reaccreditation to the Middle States Association Commissions, which voted at its biannual meeting last month to accredit or reaccredit 201 schools and school systems in 24 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 21 other countries.