CCHS accreditation award

Stephanie Terrell, principal of Colquitt County High School, poses with a plaque honoring the school for 100 years of accreditation.

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MOULTRIE — Colquitt County High School was recently recognized for maintaining 100 years of continuous accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

Colquitt County High School is one of only seven schools in Georgia recognized for achieving this milestone at the AdvancEd Fall Conference on Nov. 3.

School Superintendent Samuel DePaul shared, “In February of 2014, Colquitt County School System completed District Accreditation, a process that is repeated every five years. However, this award is an additional recognition for continuous years of accreditation. Colquitt County High School continues the tradition that has been strong for 100 years: excellence!”

Moultrie High School, which opened in either 1902 or 1903, was first accredited in 1914, the school system said, and that accreditation carried over when it changed its name to Colquitt County High School in 1978.

“Continuous accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents, and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” said CCHS Principal Stephanie Terrell. “We are humbled and honored to have been recognized for what we view is our responsibility to our students and community.”

SACS CASI provides nationally recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.

SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice. Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at www.advanc-ed.org.

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