St. Lucie County School District, on June 22, 2013, received from the AdvancED Accreditation Committee, approval for the award of continuing accreditation for the five year period of 2013-2018. As an accredited institution, St. Lucie County School District is now a part of the AdvanceED network of over 32,000 schools and systems in over 71 countries that are committed to continuous quality improvement through accreditation.
A school being accredited may influence the caliber of school of higher learning a high school student may attend. It is in schools’ best interest to receive accreditation. Having accreditations places schools in a positive position to receive special funding for various projects from local, state and federal government entities concerned with a broad interest in academic and vocational development programs for students. Accreditation gives a school a stamp of approval for the whole community; a community having accredited schools is a drawing card to be used by the Chamber of Commerce in enticing businesses to re-locate to their area. Having schools accredited is a win win situation,
What specifically is accreditation? Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. The accreditation process is also known in terms of its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office) Sept. 2013