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Mount Mercy Academy Preparing for Middle States Accreditation

by cnewman
Thu, Dec 1st 2011 09:00 am

Mount Mercy Academy will be hosting a Middle States Accreditation visit in late February of 2012. The Commission on Secondary School Association or "Middle States" will visit Mercy as it has over the years to affirm the school's accreditation. Every seven years, MMA looks to the future and formulates goals and action plans that school stakeholders feel will move the school towards further growth.

For this seven year evaluation cycle, MMA has selected four goals to concentrate on to help grow the school. Each year the school must compile data and report to the CSSA about the growth during the year.

The first goal focuses on improvements in Regents test scores, increasing Advanced Placement scores and increasing the number of Advanced Designation diplomas given in June. Second, the school hopes to grow its Leadership Academy program. This program allows Mercy students to complete leadership modules during their four years of high school and complete a leadership portfolio. Third, the school hopes to increase SAT/ACT preparation for all grade levels of students to promote better overall test scores. Finally, the school is working towards developing more community outreach, either through a partnership with Catholic Health Systems and the Family Justice Center as well as developing internships and articulation agreements.

The process is being overseen by Internal Coordinators Catherine Luhr and Candace Wagner and involves input from students, parents, teachers and community members.