CBC Gains High Marks During Accreditation Review
TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (April 25, 2012) – The AdvancEd/North Central Accreditation Visiting Team that spent two days at CBC last month found the school is operating at a highly functional level in 6 of 7 standards reviewed, and is at an "operational" level on one standard. The Visiting Team also affirmed CBC's status as a fully accredited school.
Mike England, CBC's President, gathered with faculty and staff members with the news that not only had CBC maintained its accreditation, the Visiting Team found signs of excellence in several different areas.
The Visiting Team is required to give commendations and recommendations. Dr. David Shelton, the Chair of the CBC Visiting Team, said it generally only gives two or three commendations. CBC received four commendations and they were:
1) The CBC community embraces and lives the mission of the school;
2) CBC is a student-centered school;
3) Collaborative decision making occurs at CBC; and
4) CBC is responding in an accelerated manner to school improvement.
The Visiting Team is required to make recommendations of which they made one which is: CBC must fully implement our School Improvement Plan within the next two years.
The Self-Assessment includes seven standards that need to be addressed. A great amount of work goes into answering multiple questions associated with each standard. The Visiting Team then rates each of the standards. Possible rating fall into four categories: 1) Highly Functional, 2) Operational, 3) Emerging, or 4) Not Evident.
In order for a school to be accredited, the school must receive ratings of Highly Functional or Operational. CBC received six (6) Highly Functional ratings and one (1) Operational rating. No school has ever received seven (7) Highly Functional ratings. CBC received as high of a rating as the Visiting Team has ever given. The breakdown of the ratings and the standards are:
Vision and Purpose Highly Functional
Governance and Leadership Highly Functional
Teaching and Learning Highly Functional
Documenting and Using Results Operational
Resources and Support Systems Highly Functional
Stakeholder Communications Highly Functional
Continuous Improvement Highly Functional
"I say all of the time that the best thing about CBC is our people, and our administration, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and board members were absolutely terrific throughout this process," Mike England said. "As a school, CBC has made tremendous strides, and this review affirmed that we are a great school."
About CBC - Founded in 1850 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, CBC is one of the oldest and most prestigious private college preparatory schools in Missouri. CBC offers a college preparatory education steeped in tradition and focused on preparing its students for college and for life. ###