Six Iowa-Missouri Conference schools recently completed an accreditation process and received a 6-year renewal—the maximum term available to schools. The schools are Hillcrest SDA School in St. Louis, Missouri; College Park Christian Preschool in Columbia, Missouri; Rolla SDA School in Rolla, Missouri; Summit View SDA School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Prescott SDA School in St. Joseph, Missouri; and Nevada SDA School in Nevada, Iowa.
“The accreditation process helps our schools develop an improvement strategy,” said Dr. Joe Allison, education superintendent for the conference. “Parents and constituents can have confidence that we are one of the best faith-based school systems in the United States and have a well-designed process of accountability that encourages schools to continue on the journey to excellence.”
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a well-developed accreditation process for its K-12 education system. Accreditrac is a web-based instrument schools use to complete a self-study. A visiting committee consisting of the superintendent and two or three teachers then reviews the self-study and recommends a term of accreditation. The committee’s recommendation goes on to the local conference K-12 Board of Education, which votes on the recommendation and sends it on to the North American Division Commission on Accreditation for a final vote.
“I am proud of our schools and their local constituencies for the great job they’ve done in successfully completing the self-study,” said Allison. “The visiting committees would like to thank the principals, directors and teachers at each of these schools for a positive experience.”