This month IDEA completed the year-long process of being re-accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools with a week-long visitation by out-of-state educators. This is another important milestone in IDEA's five-year turnaround. IDEA's reaccreditation team, made up of administration and faculty as well as parent and student representatives, conducted a comprehensive review of the school on 12 different measures indicate school excellence.
At the end of their week observing teachers and students in action, evaluators presented their report to the IDEA staff, saying:
"We asked nearly all of the groups with whom we met to identify what they see as the primary strength of your school. The keyword of those responses was dedication. As one student explained, teachers are always available including after school and Saturdays to help students with academic challenges or life issues, and the staff here has energy and 'patience' with all students. The students feel safe because they know you are perpetually supervising and supporting them."
The visiting evaluators recommended to the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools that IDEA Public Charter School be re-accredited for seven years.
Thank you to all of the staff, parents, and students who contributed to making this process a success and helping IDEA achieve reaccreditation.