St. Mary’s School in Winchester was recently informed that it had received continued accreditation from the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC). The accreditation report identified many areas of commendation for St. Mary’s particularly commending the entire school community for developing a new mission statement which guided the entire self-study process.
The report additionally commended the administration and faculty for their dedication to the mission of St. Mary’s School and the support of the PTO for providing additional resources including a new Science Closet and a Literacy Room. During the accreditation process, school faculty and staff identified areas that they wanted to continue to improve which were supported by NEASC including professional development, creating a new process for teacher evaluation and increased planning time.
St. Mary’s Principal, Michael McCabe, was happy to receive the news and said, “The process of Accreditation is, and needs to be, a thorough, thoughtful look at every aspect of a school. As we celebrate our Reaccreditation, it is important to recognize the dedication, cooperation and hard work of our parents, staff and parish during the entire process. Their commitment to our students and to the mission of St. Mary’s School helps create a loving, caring environment where children thrive, grow and reach their full potential.”
The NEASC website describes the accreditation process as “a system of accountability that is ongoing, voluntary, and comprehensive in scope. It respects differences in institutional populations, missions, and cultures, and fosters institutional change grounded in the judgment of practicing educators. It is based on standards which are developed and regularly reviewed by the members and which define the characteristics of good schools and colleges.” It is structured in a ten-year cycle of self-study, peer review and follow up. NEASC accreditation attests to: substantial compliance with established qualitative standards; integrity in statements to the public describing the institution’s program; institutional commitment to improvement and sufficiency of institutional resources.