What does it mean to receive Middle States Commission accreditation?
Following an extensive three year evaluation process, Sacred Heart School of Hanover, Pennsylvania achieved the status of full accreditation on December 1, 2009.
The Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools (MSCES) is a membership organization; its major service benefit is to present each member school in the company of other outstanding educational communities that have made a public commitment to upholding standards of educational quality and to continuous improvement designed to increase student performance. MSCES schools are found in the
An Accredited school:
- Is devoted to its mission
- Knows itself
- Keeps its promises
- Accepts an objective peer evaluation
- Is recognized internationally
- Plans for the future
- Actively participates in the responsibilities of the profession
Accreditation is not required by any state or federal law for most MSCES members; instead, MSCES accredited schools are making a voluntary commitment to an on-going school improvement process designed to assure the public of the quality of a school’s offerings. Accreditation is a peer-review process in which members of the educational community, who understand what makes a good school good, lend their experience and expertise to validate a school’s vision of itself.
Each school that is accredited has met the four components of accreditation:
- a self-study procedure, in which an educational entity develops self-knowledge, through the lens of the entity’s philosophy/mission/beliefs;
- an evaluation procedure, in which peers objectively confirm the findings of the self-study
- a planning process, whether integral to or subsequent to the self-study process, in which the entity concretely plans for its ongoing improvement;
- and a Standards review, verified through procedures such as the self-study, evaluation and/or the Commission reading process.
Through these components a school community signals its commitment to becoming a better school and the public is assured of the quality of educational offering by the school.
SACRED HEART of JESUS SCHOOL
55 Basilica Drive
Hanover, PA 17331
School Office Hours:
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Ms. Dianne Giampietro, Principal
Mrs. Sue Poist, Secretary
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