Glen Mills, PA – The Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) has announced that The Glen Mills Schools in Delaware County earned accreditation, the gold standard for measuring and advancing school improvement. Based in Philadelphia, the Middle States Association is the worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement.
Since September, 2016, The Glen Mills Schools has been working toward Middle States Association accreditation. In January, 2017, Glen Mills received an MSA-CESS Offer of Candidacy, which initiated the process. During the summer of 2017, staff, student, parent and stakeholder surveys were completed and analyzed. The results provided information for the Project Action Team to complete a thorough self-study and action plan for growth and improvement at Glen Mills. The final step in the process was a visit by Middle States Accreditation officers to evaluate Glen Mills’ ability to complete the plan for growth and school improvement. This is essentially an industry stamp of approval to validate our educational programs to the jurisdictions we serve. In November, 2017 three evaluators came to the campus to observe, interview and evaluate staff, students and board members as part of the process. Glen Mills was given a “clean recommendation,” which means the school had no monitoring issues or revisions to make. On April 17, 2018, The Glen Mills Schools was formally accredited.
Dr. Randy Ireson, Executive Director of The Glen Mills Schools, said “we are honored to receive our accreditation from The Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. This validates The Glen Mills Schools continued commitment to providing the highest level of services to the youth we serve.”
Accreditation is a multifaceted evaluation process that schools voluntarily use to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of research-based performance standards. The 12 Middle States Standards for Accreditation are: mission; governance and leadership; school improvement planning; finances; facilities; school organization and staff; health and safety; educational program; assessment and evidence of student learning; student services; student life and activities; and information resources.
The accreditation lasts for seven years and requires a mid-term report in the third year of accreditation. The Glen Mills Schools will continue to work through the Action Plan to make changes and improvements over that seven-year period.