An In-depth Look at the Reaccreditation Process
By Thomas Novak, Academic Dean
As our Head of School, Cindy Ogg, has shared in recent Newsletters, over the past two years our community has been hard at work preparing for our upcoming accreditation visit from the Middle States Association of Schools. A team of educators from around the island will visit Robinson from December 2-5, 2018, to take an in-depth look at every aspect of our school. This visit is a true opportunity to receive feedback on everything that makes Robinson the exceptional school that it is – we are eagerly awaiting this visit as a chance to grow our school and continue to serve the students and families in our care.
On Friday, October 26th, we received our preliminary visit from the leader of the team that will be visiting in December. This early look allows visiting team leaders to familiarize themselves with the school layout, get to know school leaders and teachers, and plan the final arrangements for the December visit. We thank Mr. JJ Ortiz, the entire Steering Committee and all teachers and staff for working tirelessly to make this preliminary visit a success.
By the time the preliminary visit has been completed, so will our Middle States Self Study. The self-study, at its heart, is an exhaustive self-evaluation completed by the school in anticipation of reaccreditation. The self-study allows the school to review every aspect that the visiting team and, ultimately, the Middle States Association of Schools will use to evaluate us. The school selects a protocol, in our case Designing our Future, and from the self-study identifies goals that present opportunities for the school to grow and excel over the next seven years. Students, parents, teachers, staff, and school leadership all provided invaluable input in the self-study through the participation in the surveys at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
The goals the school has identified as the drivers of its upcoming seven-year reaccreditation cycle align closely with the school’s mission and the many short- and long-term institutional objectives we have related to the strategic planning of the school. The school will take advantage of this opportunity to give further, deep focus to its PSAT/NMSQT and CWRA+ programs and student outcomes, as well as restructure its program of diagnostic assessment. Recent years have seen the addition of PSAT prep courses to student schedules, contracting with external experts in the area of test preparation and an increased focus on learning activities and assessments targeting critical and creative thinking skills. Our decision to focus on these areas as part of our accreditation process allows us to take these achievements to higher levels. Members of our faculty and staff have been hard at work over the last month developing detailed action plans that will guide the school in accomplishing the objectives it has set out for itself.
Over the next month, in preparation of the visit, every member of our faculty and staff will be hard at work in preparing our campus to receive our Middle States visitors. This is a community effort and there are many ways everyone can help! As you’re visiting campus, please re-familiarize yourself with the school mission (a large copy can be found in front of the chapel) and let your child’s teacher or division head know if you spot any area of campus to which our maintenance team can give some additional TLC. There may also be opportunities for additional parent, student and community involvement during the visit in December, as the visiting team will look to meet with representatives of every stakeholder our school serves. Be on the lookout for announcements or invitations for how you can get involved!
Thanks for your unwavering support in making Robinson the school that it is, and the family that it is, for so many. Go Hawks!