Academy of Excellence achieves accreditation through state association

Thursday, August 13, 2020

By Samantha Jones

The Academy of Excellence has been accredited by the Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (ANSAA).

Principal Patty Sanders said the association has standards on how nonpublic schools handle finances and what's being taught in the classroom, with all accredited schools required to follow Arkansas Department of Education standards. Sanders said it took three years for the school to get accredited.

"It was a long process. It was about three years of work," Sanders said. "We had to create a lot of paperwork, a lot of policy writing. A lot of the times, the policy wasn't written down. We just knew this was what we usually do, so we had to write down a lot of policies."

After the paperwork was complete, Sanders said, a representative for ANSAA completed a three-day site visit at the school "to double-check we were doing what we said we would do."

"And they agreed with what we had done, so that's when we received the accreditation," Sanders said. "That means we have the same accreditation as all the public schools in Arkansas. We meet the same standards they meet."

According to its website, ANSAA is a member of the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Association, which is an organization of state accrediting associations that serve nonpublic schools throughout the United States.

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