Presentation BVM Middle States Accreditation
As of December 1, 2020, Presentation BVM School received its fourth accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools. As an “accredited” institution, Presentation BVM adheres to applicable MSA policies and meets the requirements of the self-study protocol used. The institution agrees to adhere to all requirements for maintenance of accreditation.
A key measure of Catholic school’s commitment to quality education is our association with the Middle States Association’s Council on Elementary and Secondary Education. Middle States is an international organization that “aspire to improve the quality of education in the United States and around the world by assisting schools to achieve excellence through the process of accreditation, by affirming to the public a member school’s trustworthiness and commitment to continuous improvement, by providing the network and resources for the promotion of proven practices.” (Middle States Mission Statement).
Presentation BVM started this recent re-accreditation process back in the fall of 2018. The process entails a comprehensive study of the school. It begins with faculty, parents and students examining aspects of the school, such as its mission, philosophy and beliefs. Then, faculty, parents and students reflect upon how Presentation BVM fulfills the twelve MSA Standards.
From here, faculty review three aspects of the school’s curriculum: religion, writing and science. The final step is creating a plan for the future.
Over the next seven years, Presentation BVM School’s plan entails choosing and creating a timeline for growth and improvement in three areas. Academically, the school will focus on increasing the students’ competence in science through the implementation of more STEM and hands-on activities as well as placing a focus on improving the students’ writing skills. The school also aims to increase enrollment through various marketing strategies.
After compiling and sharing all of the above information with the Middle States Association, a team of three educators visited the school for three days in March 2020 to determine the accuracy of the published information. They interviewed faculty, staff, students, and parents; examined school documents; and observed daily school routines and teachers in action. They then reported their findings to the MSA.
After various committees reviewed all the documents presented, Presentation BVM received reaccreditation which will last until December 1, 2027. Although this is a tremendous undertaking, the information generated by a self-study challenges a school to acknowledge both its strengths and its weaknesses and create a dynamic plan for the future — a very worthwhile endeavor. We look forward to the challenges and achievements.
All Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia enjoy Middle States Accreditation. While the process is not simple, obtaining the accreditation ensures each school in the archdiocese offers a rigorous curriculum that offers each student the best educational option.
Catholic education provides a faith-centered and academically rigorous experience for students. Catholic schools are committed to providing the highest quality education possible. It’s widely known that students who attend a Catholic school will generally do better than public or charter school students on standardized tests, and attend better colleges and universities.
Our schools are rooted in the Catholic faith. As such, we provide a loving, child-centered environment for our students. We build a community of faith. The quality of our academic program is equally important which is why we invest time and money in the Middle States. To learn more about the accreditation process, visit the Middle States website by clicking here.