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BAHS Accreditation Process is Underway

posted Mar 2, 2018, 11:21 AM by Butch Richards   [ updated Mar 3, 2018, 2:51 PM ]

Twelve educators will conduct an on-site Accreditation visit of Belfast Area High School (BAHS) on March 11th through March 14th, principal McLean announced today. The Accreditation visit will be conducted under the direction of the Committee on Public Secondary Schools of New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The visiting team will be chaired by Alyson Geary, Deputy Director of NEASC. Ms. Geary has had extensive experience in the Association’s Accreditation process. Accreditation is a routine aspect of the professional life of most public high schools, and one that has been sanctioned by the RSU # 71 school board.


Principal McLean said, “The purpose of the Accreditation visit is to review and determine from an outside professional viewpoint the extent to which the school is aligning with the Standards for Accreditation. As part of the evaluation, the visiting team will meet with all school constituents, review the school’s self-study, visit a number of classes, and examine examples of student work submitted by the school. During the comprehensive self-study, the faculty attempted to identify the school’s strengths and determine those areas in which changes would be beneficial. The standards espoused by NEASC are aligned with the standards espoused by the state of Maine’s proficiency-based education requirement and are also very similar to the high standards to which teachers and principals are held to account by Maine’s Teacher and Principal Professional Growth and Performance Evaluation System.”


The chair of the visiting team, Alyson, said, “Our purpose in visiting BAHS is to assist the faculty in its pursuit of quality education for its students”.


Principal McLean pointed out, “The members of the visiting team are contributing their services to the school. This spirit of professional cooperation is one of the noted features of the New England Association. The goal of an Accreditation visit is to stimulate a continuing drive for improvement in the school.”