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Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools Welcomes Saint Maria Goretti High School as a Newly Accredited School

Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools Welcomes Saint Maria Goretti High School as a Newly Accredited School

The Saint Maria Goretti High School Board of Trustees announces that Saint Maria Goretti High School has received accreditation through Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools (MSCSS). The Saint Maria Goretti High School earned accreditation following an intensive three-year process, culminating with a three and one-half day visit to the school by a volunteer validation team of educators appointed by Middle States.
During the visit, the Middle States team met with and interviewed stakeholders of the Saint Maria Goretti High School including teachers, students, parents and administrators, as well as representatives of the Board of Trustees. Team members toured the facilities, studied the district's strategic plan for improvement and other documents related to the school's work, and observed teaching and learning in classrooms.
"Saint Maria Goretti High School joins thousands of other Middle States accredited institutions who uphold our standards of excellence," said association president and executive director, Henry Cram, Ed.D. "The school takes a holistic approach to their students' learning environment, focusing on each aspect of the school with a vision toward continual improvement. These are goals for which the entire community should be proud."
To become accredited through a MSCSS protocol, a school must meet the Middle States Association's standards for: mission/beliefs/objectives, governance and leadership, organizational design and staff, educational programs, learning media services and technology, student services, student life and activities, facilities, health and safety, finances, assessment of student learning and planning.
According to Cram, school quality is best measured by individual student growth over time and the value added to each child by the educational experience the school provides.
"Accreditation can help a school and its community to understand better not only how it is doing, but more importantly, learn what it needs to do to improve, a key element of most state assessments," said Cram.
To learn more about the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools, visit
About the Middle States Association (MSA)
Based in Philadelphia, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is the internationally recognized leader in the accreditation of schools, universities and colleges in the mid-Atlantic region and around the world. The association's commissions accredit more than 3500 schools in Delaware. Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, the U.S.Virgin Islands and overseas schools primarily in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Subcontinent of Asia. The association consists of three commissions - Higher Education, Secondary and Elementary and a Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation.
About the Commission on Secondary Schools (MSA-CSS)
The Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools accredits public, non-public and charter middle, intermediate and secondary schools as well as non-degree granting career and technical postsecondary institutions, special purpose schools, supplementary education centers, educational service units and distance education institutions. Through a Committee on Institution Wide Accreditation (CIWA), the Commission offers accreditation to PreK-12 education institutions and through partnerships with special accreditors offers joint accreditations to schools seeking both special purpose and CSS' Gold Standard accreditation.

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