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Fox Chapel Area High School Earns Middle States Reaccreditation
Fox Chapel Area High School has earned reaccreditation by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, a worldwide leader in accreditation and continuous school improvement.
“Middle States accreditation serves as an independent validation of the good work we do, and the re-accreditation process again focused our attention on comprehensive planning and continuous improvement practices,” said Fox Chapel Area High School Lead Principal Michael Hower, Ed.D. “We are proud to have earned re-accreditation and look forward to continuing to work with our administrators, teachers, and parents to provide a high quality education for all students.”
Accreditation is a multifaceted evaluation process that schools and school systems voluntarily use to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of research-based performance standards. The 12 Middle States Standards for Accreditation are: mission; governance and leadership; school improvement planning; finances; facilities; school organization and staff; health and safety; educational program; assessment and evidence of student learning; student services; student life and activities, and information resources.
The accreditation process begins with a self-study that is conducted by the school or school system and requires input from school leaders, teachers, parents, and students. Following the self-study, a team of volunteer educators from Middle States 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 votes on the accreditation.
“The Middle States accreditation process brings together school leaders, teachers, parents, and students to develop a strategic plan for the future that is built upon continuous school improvement,” said Lisa Marie McCauley, Ed.D., president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. “Middle States accredited schools benefit from the power of peer review and should be commended for their commitment to collaboration, growth and advancing student achievement.”