CMHS earns accreditation


By Dann Sternsher - For The News Journal



Principal Barrett Swope displays the AdvanceED accreditation certificate awarded to Clinton-Massie High School.


Courtesy photo

CLARKSVILLE – Clinton-Massie High School was recently awarded accreditation by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

These regional accrediting agencies are part of the AdvanceED global network consisting of over 34,000 schools and systems in 70 countries.

To earn AdvancED Accreditation, schools must: 1) meet the AdvancED Accreditation Standards; 2) implement a continuous process of improvement; and 3) host an external review team once every five years.

The team of evaluators found that Clinton-Massie High School met the requirements for accreditation and recommended AdvancED Accreditation. Their recommendation was reviewed and acted upon by the national AdvancED Accreditation Commission in June, 2017 and the school was notified in August.

According to Barrett Swope, Principal, the high school first received accreditation five years ago and has to complete the full process every five years to maintain accreditation.

The accreditation process involves the completion and submission of surveys by students, parents, and staff. All required surveys must be submitted for review prior to a site visit by a team of three evaluators from AdvanceED. The evaluators completed their two-day site visit in March, 2017 which included staff, student, administrator and group interviews and observations.

The entire process was completed over the course of the 2016-2017 school year.

Achieving accreditation is a team effort involving staff, students, administration, and the community.

“Many people put in many hours as we went through the re-accreditation process through AdvancED,” Swope said, “but having an outside professional education agency come in and ultimately confirm that Clinton-Massie High School produces a quality education makes all the time and effort worthwhile.”

According to Swope, the external review team that came for the site visit had nothing but positive things to say about the Clinton-Massie students, staff, and community.

Principal Barrett Swope displays the AdvanceED accreditation certificate awarded to Clinton-Massie High School.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_2017-CMHS-AdvancED-Re-Accrediation-Mr-Swope-Principal-1.jpgPrincipal Barrett Swope displays the AdvanceED accreditation certificate awarded to Clinton-Massie High School. Courtesy photo

By Dann Sternsher

For The News Journal