The Preschool Program has been accredited since June, 2010 by AdvancED.
Accreditation is inextricably linked to institution and educational system improvement. The accreditation process asks institutions and systems to critically evaluate their vision, strategies, priorities, leadership, and programs and resources. The process of earning and maintaining accreditation provides institutions and educational systems with clear and compelling direction for implementing changes to move toward excellence.
The Preschool at Northside Drive Baptist Church is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI). SACS/CASI accreditation engages the entire school community in a continuous process of self-evaluation and improvement. The overall aim is to help schools be the best they can be on behalf of the students they serve.
To earn and maintain accreditation from SACS/CASI, schools must:
- Meet the AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools
- Engage in continuous improvement
- Demonstrate quality assurance through internal and external review
AdvanED Georgia Accreditation
Founded in 1895, SACS/CASI accredits over 13,000 schools and school systems throughout the United States and overseas.
SACS/CASI is an accreditation division of AdvancED. AdvancED is also the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE).
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools. Today, to demonstrate educational quality, accreditation is used by education providers of all types from traditional schools to distance learning providers to tutoring centers servicing all ages of students from toddlers to adults.
Accreditation engages the school community in meeting high quality standards, implementing a continuous improvement process, and engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. Accredited schools demand rigor, use data to make informed decisions, and approach the documentation of results with discipline. Accredited schools invite external scrutiny and welcome the constructive feedback of peers.
How does accreditation benefit students?
Students are the ultimate beneficiaries of the accreditation process. When the entire school is aligned and focused on a shared vision for student learning, students win. They benefit from the enhanced focus on student performance and from greater articulation and coordination as they move from one level of schooling to another.