Two years after beginning operation as a semester school for high school students interested in environmental stewardship, Conserve School has received high marks from its accreditation Agency.
Head of School Stefan Anderson announced today that Conserve School earned accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.
NCA CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet AdvancED’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement. Conserve School’s performance was evaluated in seven areas. Conserve School earned AdvancED’s top rating of “highly functional” in three areas and received the second-highest and most common of AdvancED’s four ratings , “operational,” in the four other areas.
“Accreditation is an important way that we demonstrate to our students, parents and the community at large that Conserve School is focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an effective and efficient operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” stated Dr. Mary Anna Thornton, the Assistant Head of School for Conserve School.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of NCA CASI, stated, “NCA CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Conserve School is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”
“NCA CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines. It eases the transfer process as students move from their sending schools to spend a semester at Conserve School and then back to their sending schools. It also assures parents and sending schools that Conserve School is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice,” stated Phil DeLong, the Director of Admissions for Conserve School.
Conserve School’s mission is to inspire young people to environmental stewardship through academics and engagement with the forests, lakes, and wildlife of the school’s wilderness campus. Each semester the school brings sixty high school students from across the country to the Northwoods of Wisconsin to live and learn for sixteen weeks. Thanks to the generosity of the school’s founder, tuition for all students is covered by the Lowenstine Honors Scholarship Program. “We are looking for academically motivated students with a passion for environmental stewardship and a love of the outdoors. Having NCA CASI accreditation will help us find them.” stated Head of School Anderson.