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St. Mary Catholic School gets MSCES accreditation

May 24, 2006

The Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools announced that St. Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown has been awarded accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSCES).

St. Mary Catholic School is one of more than 100 schools that the commission accredited.

The achievement "signifies the educational community of St. Mary Catholic School has engaged in a rigorous process of developing self-knowledge; has hosted an evaluation team of independently-appointed educators; and has created an ongoing Strategic Plan to move school improvement forward," according to a press release.

The 18-month process, governed by a steering committee, involved many elements of the St. Mary Catholic School community, including faculty, parents and students. During the term of accreditation, the school community will engage in a commission-directed series of reports and/or site visits.

Accreditation also means the school has met MSCES standards for quality.

The MSCES is among three accrediting commissions of the more than 100-year-old Middle States Association. There also is the Commission on Secondary Schools and the Commission on Higher Education.

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"MSCES accreditation is a recognition of both prior achievements, and a commitment to greater future accomplishments," said F. Laird Evans, executive director of the commission.

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