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 peers on the effectiveness of the total school operation.
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.
The current Middle States Accreditation Term is May 1, 2013 - May 1, 2020.
In April 2019, Stakeholders participated in surveys to measure and evaluate school performance and programs. Internal coordinators are Nazareth Academy Grade School faculty members Mrs. Maribeth Kane and Mrs. Sarah Unger.
Faculty and staff members serve on various committees.
The next phase toward the Middle States Accreditation will be an Accreditation Visit by a team of individuals representing the Middle States Commission. The team will consist of three educators from the tri-state area who will visit our school, gather information and provide recommendations on how to strengthen the services and support we provide to our stakeholders. The on-site team visit and review will occur from Tuesday, March 3, 2020 through Friday, March 6, 2020.
"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: 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.
Through the support of the Middle States Association, we are proud of our efforts to establish and reach goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement at Nazareth Academy Grade School.
The theme of our Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools Re-accreditation Report is "Igniting the Light Within." Within each heart is a gift from God and it is ours to unwrap and ignite from within. Upon careful consideration, the theme was chosen to illustrate our goals of:
Igniting the light of Christ in our hearts
Igniting the light of knowledge in our minds
Igniting the light of love in our families
Inspirational messages are posted throughout the school to instill important messages for our students to ponder. In addition, a new banner was installed in November as a daily reminder "to ignite the light within."