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Family. Faith. Future.
Re-Accreditation by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Nazareth Academy Grade School has been fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and 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.

In October 2011, NAGS began a rigorous process to complete a Middle States Self-Study following specific directives given by our Steering Committee leaders, Ms. Marie Maddox and Mrs. Sally Unger.

The 210-page Self-Study and School Improvement Plan, entitled “Family, Faith, Future,” details an in-depth review of Nazareth Academy Grade School’s:

  • Mission/Belief Statements
  • Community
  • Student Oriented Services/Life/Activities
  • Religion Program
  • Program of Study
  • Resources
  • Leadership and Organization
  • School Improvement

About Accreditation
An accredited school must meet the following rigorous Middle States Standards:
  • Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs
  • Governance/Leadership
  • Organizational Design/Staff
  • Educational Programs
  • Learning Media Services/Technology
  • Student Services
  • Student Life/Activities
  • Facilities
  • Health/Safety
  • Finances
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Planning

The Strategic Plan also focused on Honors English, Science and Physical Education.

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.
With the “Family, Faith, Future” Self-Study as our tool, the Nazareth Academy Grade School community welcomed the Visiting Team Members: Sister Lydia Etter, Mr. James Renfer and Ms. Eileen Rishcoff. Following a thorough process of review, we were pleased that the school was approved for reaccreditation on November 14, 2012.
Congratulations to our administration and staff on the successful May 2016 submission of the MID-TERM REPORT.  We are on track with implementing our goals!
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