Divine Savior Earns Accreditation from Middle States Association

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Divine Savior Academy is proud to announce that it has earned accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Middle States Association accreditation follows DSA???s other accreditations from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and AdvancedEd, the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF), the National Council of Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), and Accreditation International (AI).

The following statement was released this week from the Middle States Association:

???The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools announced today that nearly 200 schools in 21 U.S. states and territories and 21 countries have earned accreditation or re-accreditation, the gold standard for measuring and evaluating school performance.

???The accreditation process examines schools in a holistic way, as opposed to evaluating success based on incomplete measures like standardized test scores,??? said Henry G. Cram, Ed.D., president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. ???These school leaders, teachers and parents are to be commended for taking this extra step towards ensuring high quality education for all of their students.???

Accreditation is a self-evaluation process that schools voluntarily undergo to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of performance standards. The accreditation process helps schools ??? and ultimately students ??? to continuously grow and improve.

The process begins with a self-study that is conducted by the school and requires input from school leaders, teachers, parents and students.?? Following the self-study, a team of volunteer educators from Association member schools conducts an on-site peer review visit to observe school operations and interview various stakeholders.

The visiting team makes its recommendation to the Middle States Association Commissions, which voted on the accreditations at its biannual meeting earlier this month.

About Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA)

The Middle States Association is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, MSA has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement.?? With more than 2,800 MSA-accredited schools in nearly 100 countries, MSA is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of the 21st century and improve educational opportunities for all children.???

Dana Kirchoff
Dana Kirchoff
Dana Kirchoff is the Director of Communications at Divine Savior Academy.