Ac­cred­i­ta­tion team eval­u­ates Pied­mont Academy

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Re­cently, Pied­mont Academy hosted a five-mem­ber team of peer ed­u­ca­tors for the pur­pose of eval­u­at­ing the school for SAIS/ Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion ac­cred­i­ta­tion. SAIS/Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber schools his­tor­i­cally and tra­di­tion­ally pro­mote qual­ity as­sur­ance in ed­u­ca­tion. SAIS be­gan its or­ga­ni­za­tional life in 1903 as the “Mid-South As­so­ci­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Schools,” pro­vid­ing train­ing for teach­ers in pri­vate schools and some early pub­lic schools in the South­east­ern states.

To­day, SAIS works to help both es­tab­lished and emerg­ing schools ap­proach var­i­ous is­sues with cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion. Work­ing at the state, re­gional and na­tional lev­els, SAIS serves and strength­ens mem­ber schools through the pro­mo­tion of the high­est qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards and eth­i­cal con­duct.

The cur­rent part­ner­ship of­fers schools a process for achiev­ing SAIS/ Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion ac­cred­i­ta­tion Pied­mont Academy is a can­di­date for this ac­cred­i­ta­tion. In to­day’s world of ac­count­abil­ity in school­ing, ac­cred­i­ta­tion serves as a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of a school’s demon­strated ef­fec­tive­ness to pro­vide suc­cess­ful school­ing for chil­dren. A school that is able to achieve ac­cred­i­ta­tion demon­strates a com­mit­ment to a process that re­quires the school to meet a set of rig­or­ous, re­search-based stan­dards; to en­gage in a pro­gram of con­tin­u­ous school im­prove­ment; and to demon­strate qual­ity as­sur­ance to its stake­hold­ers through self-eval­u­a­tion and peer re­view. SAIS/Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­vides schools ac­cess to an in­te­grated net­work of ser­vices and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance that sup­ports ev­ery school’s abil­ity to iden­tify and meet its goals for im­prov­ing stu­dent per­for­mance and the teach­ing and learn­ing process.

A SAIS/Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion ac­cred­ited school is part of an in­ter­na­tional net­work of ac­credit- ed schools which have demon­strated suc­cess in ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren. As such, SAIS/Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion ac­cred­i­ta­tion is rec­og­nized throughout the world as a sym­bol of qual­ity in ed­u­ca­tion for students and teach­ers.

To earn ac­cred­i­ta­tion, schools must meet qual­ity stan­dards, be eval­u­ated by an out­side group of peer pro­fes­sion­als, and im­ple­ment a school plan fo­cused on strate­gic im­prove­ment and stu­dent per­for­mance. Ac­cred­i­ta­tion is vol­un­tary and must be re­newed each year.

Dur­ing the course of the team’s re­view, SAIS com­mit­tee mem­bers spent two and a half days eval­u­at­ing the school and meet­ing with fac­ulty and staff, students, cur­rent par­ents, alumni of the school, board mem­bers, and school ad­min­is­tra­tors.

The team vis­ited var­i­ous class­rooms, ate lunch with the students and toured the cam­pus.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers in­cluded Cather­ine Trot­ter, As­sis­tant Head of School, Brook­stone School, Colum­bus; Jen­nifer Cain, Tech­nol­ogy Di­rec­tor, Thomas Sumter Academy, Rem­bert, S.C.; Jeff Bell, Aca­demic Dean, St. An­drew’s Suwa­nee, Suwa­nee, Tenn.; SAIS Com­mit­tee Chair Carol Rigby, Head of School, Copiah Academy, Gall­man, Miss.; and John Kennedy, Head­mas­ter, Lake­view Academy, Gainesville; Ge­or­gia In­de­pen­dent School As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Jeff Jack­son, Thomaston; and Emily Gold­man, SAIS Co­or­di­na­tor, Al­pharetta.

Pied­mont Academy is cur­rently “Ac­cred­ited with Qual­ity” by the Ge­or­gia Ac­cred­it­ing Com­mis­sion.

Es­tab­lished in 1970 as a co-ed­u­ca­tional, in­de­pen­dent, col­lege prepa­ra­tion cur­ricu­lum, Pied­mont Academy is lo­cated in Monticello.

The school’s web­site can be viewed by vis­it­ing pied­mon­ta­cademy. com. For cam­pus tours, please contact the school at (706) 468-8818, ext. 19.

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