Nazareth Academy Grade School has been fully accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1981. The chief purpose of the accreditation process is to validate educational excellence while recognizing school improvement, thus constantly sustaining a quality education. This is accomplished by periodically conducting a comprehensive self-evaluation of the total school. Through the accreditation process, the school seeks the validation of its self-evaluation by obtaining professional judgment from impartial outsiders on the effectiveness of the total school operation.
"Excellence by Design (ExBD) 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 constituent groups to participate in charting the future of the institution." https://www.msa-cess.org
When it comes to evaluating schools, the Middle States Association evaluates the whole school, not just test scores. Improving outcomes requires a comprehensive approach.
The 12 key areas that make up the Standards for Accreditation are:
- Governance and Leadership
- School Improvement Planning
- School Organization and Staff
- Health and Safety
- Educational Program
- Assessment and Evidence of Student Learning
- Student Services
- Student Life and Activities
- Information Resources
As with all accredited schools, Nazareth is student-oriented and its philosophy of education is focused on the development of the whole child with an emphasis on academic performance. As a Catholic school, Nazareth centers on genuine Catholicity.
Currently we are on track in implementing our Strategic Planning goals and compiling our report for the Middle States Team Re-Accreditation visit scheduled for March 3 - 6, 2020.
We are grateful to all participants for their assistance in the Spring 2019 survey process that will help guide our vision for the future.
Many thanks to our Administration, Faculty, Staff, Parents and Alumni for their commitment and dedication in living, teaching and modelling the mission of Nazareth Academy Grade School.