2015-10-22 / Front Page

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St. James School to begin accreditation process

St. James Catholic School, located on 25 Graham St. in Biddeford, has entered into the accreditation process of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, an organization that serves more than 2,000 schools, colleges and universities in New England and American/international schools in more than 67 nations worldwide.

“I am thrilled to spearhead this procedure to gain accreditation for St. James Catholic School,” said Nancy Naimey, principal of St. James. “We have a great school and the staff works so hard for each individual student. It has a family atmosphere with everyone working towards the same goal of meeting the needs of the students. That being said, I also believe that every school can improve, and St. James is not any different.”

Accreditation is structured in a 10-year cycle of selfstudy through the engagement of the school community in an analysis of current practices and areas of improvement; peer review, which will provide recommendations from a visiting committee of professionals from other schools; and a follow-up process, monitored by elected peers to ensure that prescribed changes are accomplished.

“Accreditation has been a longstanding stimulus for educational improvement throughout New England,” said Cameron Staples, president and CEO of New England Association of Schools & Colleges. “The NEASC prides itself on its enduring commitment to self-regulation and peer-review. The peer review process brings educators from all over New England together and allows for honest, objective, and comprehensive evaluations. The evaluations are carried out with the utmost integrity and with a commitment to research-driven standards.”

The leadership team at St. James believes that the long-term success and proven methodology of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, which was established in 1885, will enable the school to position itself to grow and flourish in the decades to come.

“The accreditation process will allow St. James to look at standards and indicators, and to compare what we are doing now with the best practices succeeding at similar schools around the region,” Naimey said. “It will give a clear direction for all constituents moving forward.”

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