The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) has awarded reaccreditation to two private Bergen County schools - The Frisch School, West 120 Century Rd., Paramus, and Queen of Peace Elementary School, 21 Church Place, North Arlington.
The awards were announced by Henry G. Cram, Jr., Ed.D., President, MSA-CESS. The reaccreditation signifies that The Frisch School and Queen of Peace Elementary School have met the Middle States Association Standards for a quality school.
“The Middle States Association knows how important it is to parents that their children are attending a great school that will give them an excellent education,” said Cram. “The Frisch School and Queen of Peace Elementary School have passed a months-long, rigorous yet rewarding process for reaccreditation. Parents can have confidence their children are attending a school that cares about its students and is committed to continuous improvement in the learning process.”
The Frisch School, a private secondary school, teaches Judaic values and concerns while balancing students’ academic, social and emotional needs. The Queen of Peace Elementary School is a Catholic parochial school that teaches students from grades pre-K through 8.
When accrediting schools, MSA-CESS takes into account many factors including student performance, quality and continuity of the school’s leadership and governance, condition of facilities, finances and fiscal stability, effectiveness of student services, health and safety, staffing, and long-range planning. A school must be aware of its challenges and be prepared to implement a strategic plan in order to continuously improve, with both the staff and community’s support.
Both schools were able to achieve reaccreditation by completing a comprehensive self-evaluation and hosting a volunteer evaluation team of independently-appointed educators, which conducted its own assessment and evaluation. Steering Committees guided the schools and communities through the months-long process. For the seven-year-term of the accreditation, The Frisch School and Queen of Peace Elementary School communities will engage in a Commission-directed series of reports and/or site visits to maintain the rigor of the accreditation process.
Accreditation by MSA-CESS is recognized world-wide as an indicator of educational quality, trustworthiness, and commitment to ongoing school improvement. Cram offered his congratulations to the schools’ communities, adding “Middle States accreditation goes beyond recognition for prior achievements, but ensures a commitment to future accomplishments and continuous improvement designed to ensure every child receives a quality education."
Over the past 125 years, the Middle States Association has accredited more than 3,500 public, private, parochial schools and school districts, including traditional and online programs, early-age education schools and supplementary education programs serving students preK-12, as well as colleges and universities. The Middle States region includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and more than 85 countries around the globe.
The Middle States Association is comprised of three commissions: Commission on Elementary Schools (CES), Commission on Secondary Schools (CSS) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHE).