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Bridget Lee Nowik, Montrose has completed requirements for graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as of May, 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art Studio.
The Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (MSCSS), based in Philadelphia, announced that Montrose Area Junior/Senior High School recently earned reaccredidation. The school, which has been accredited since 1969, completed 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 school including teachers, students, parents and administrators, as well as representatives of the school board. Team members toured the facilities, studied the district’s strategic plans for improvement and other documents related to the school’s work, and observed teaching and learning in classrooms.
“This school joins a prestigious network of Middle States accredited schools committed to a more fair and comprehensive assessment of achievement and success that goes beyond standardized test scores and students’ performances to encompass programs, services and facilities,” said MSCSS President and Executive Director Henry Cram, Ed.D. “This school community should be commended for its commitment to ensure that every student reach his or her fullest potential.”
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.
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