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Grace Academy receives accreditation from groups

February 26, 2007

After a four-year process, Grace Academy has been accredited by both the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), according to an academy press release.

The accreditation process requires that the school examine and evaluate many areas of its program. It also demands plans for improvement and correction of any aspects of the ministry that are deemed inadequate or inferior, according to the release.

Areas that were evaluated include academics, faculty, student services, facilities and safety.

The faculty, administration and board of directors all were involved in the accreditation work, according to the release.

The board and administration were commended by the ACSI accreditation team for requiring community service from students as a graduation standard and for their push to integrate technology into the curriculum. The faculty was commended for its dedication to Grace Academy's ministry, and the students were recognized for their cooperative attitudes and good behavior, according to the release.

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The accreditation team recommended that the school library be expanded and that the traffic patterns around the property be changed to create a safer environment.

The staff of Grace Academy already has started work in some areas, revamping traffic signs and designs, increasing the required credits for graduation and providing every high school student with a county library card, according to the release.

The accreditation term is seven years, and in 2013, the school will apply for renewal. In the meantime, the staff will continue to work together to improve Grace Academy, according to administrator Lynn Wakefield.

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