Admiral Farragut Academy completed a successful accreditation visit by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and AdvancED, formerly known as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
“Our school completes an accreditation review every five years,” said Farragut Headmaster Robert J. Fine, Jr. “Accreditation is important for all independent schools because it is a process of self-evaluation and continuous improvement that reflects compliance with required standards/indicators. It involves a self-study and includes a peer review by educators from outside of our school.”
The 2018 accreditation team consisted of educators from Florida and Georgia who visited Farragut for three days, Feb 11-13, 2018, to inspect, observe, and interview our community.
FCIS and FKC
FCIS/FKC is the premier accrediting body for independent schools in Florida. It is one of only 10 state associations in the U.S. whose accreditation process has been recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the international authority on independent school accreditation representing schools in over 100 countries. The NAIS website says, “Beyond program, standards, and financial condition, accreditation can be a helpful indicator of quality.” Click here to learn more.
SAIS focuses on the Independent Schools in the Southeastern States. The SAIS accreditation allows us to tell our story, to set our goals, and to be independent, while still fulfilling the stringent and focused compliance requirements of their process. SAIS accreditation focuses our efforts to fulfill the school’s mission.
AdvancED is the largest community of educational professionals in the world. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. AdvancED is the organization that accredits the majority of public school systems, colleges and universities in the nation. Their goal isn’t to just certify that educational institutions are good enough, rather their commitment is to help these institutions continuously improve.
“Although the accreditation committee’s final report will take a couple months to get back to us, they did provide us with their findings in an exit meeting” stated Fine. “We are proud to announce that the accrediting bodies did not find any standard violations, and the report will reflect our school in excellent standing. An impressive result for any school.”
In addition, we would like to say thank you to the members of our faculty and staff involved in preparing for the accreditation. Their diligence, hard work, and preparation was outstanding. A special thank you to the PreK-12th-grade assistant principal, Jennifer Grabowski, for managing and preparing the bulk of the accreditation paperwork and planning.