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ASMS Earns AdvancED Accreditation

In March 2016, the Alabama School of Math and Science earned AdvancED accreditation. AdvancED provides nationally recognized accreditation, which is focused on continuous school improvement and increasing student performance.

To earn accreditation, schools must meet AdvancED’s high standards, host an evaluation by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement. Accreditation is granted for a five-year term.

“Earning accreditation demonstrates to our stakeholders that ASMS is focused on student achievement and continuous improvement,” says ASMS Vice President John Hoyle, who led the school’s accreditation team along with Dr. Pam Quintana. “Earning accreditation validates the quality of our educational and residential programs, while at the same time steering us to seek improvement opportunities.”

All stakeholders helped earn accreditation, including parents, alumni, instructors, students, staff members, and board members. The ASMS Strategic Planning Committee consisted of Cynthia Baggett, Natalie Cochran-Murray, Christina Cooley, Jeanne Croom, Amber Day, Dr. Mitch Frye, Robert Shoemaker, and Apryle Williams.

The AdvancED outside evaluation team noted that ASMS engages in several “Powerful Practices:”

  • ASMS leadership engages stakeholders effectively in support of the school’s purpose and direction.
  • The school has a formal structure whereby each student is well known by at least one adult advocate in the school who supports that student’s educational experience.
  • The school provides and coordinates learning support services to meet the unique learning needs of students.

Additionally, an important part of the accreditation process involves identifying areas of improvement. The outside evaluation team noted that ASMS should implement the following changes in the next two years:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive professional development plan for staff and faculty.
  • Form a formal committee of instructors and staff members to collect and analyze school data on a regular basis.
  • Establish a school board-approved policy manual that supports the Community Standards Handbook, the ASMS Bylaws, and the Faculty Handbook.

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