Burlington, High School, BHS, NEASC

 August 26 2015

Burlington High on Path for NEASC Accreditation Reinstatement

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington High School may be returning to accredited status under the New England Association of School Committees, or NEASC, this fall. 


This should be good news for a group of parents who had pressured the school to regain its accreditation as soon as possible after they realized it was expiring after the school had dropped from the organization in 2012.

 

The issue was discussed at a recent School Committee meeting and BHS Principal Mark Sullivan later posted an update on his blog. In it he said school administrators and staff had submitted the school’s candidacy information over the summer, outlining where BHS stands in relation to NEASC standards. 


Sullivan said the school also submitted a request to be reinstated into its previous position as an accredited high school with NEASC.  Doing this, he said, would allow the school the space and flexibility needed to go through an updated process at an appropriate and useful pace. 


In order for the Commission to consider reinstatement the administration had to demonstrate that the high school has continued to make progress, Sullivan said. To do that they detailed how they acted on and followed through on many of the recommendations from 2004 when the school had its last evaluation and how it meets all state mandates. They also showed many of the school’s own initiatives, including transitioning to a 1:1 high school, making the building fully accessible, enhancing the new teacher mentoring program and creating a student mentoring program, among others. 

 

Sullivan said NEASC will send a team to visit the school in September to verify the information the school sent. It will then report back to the commission during its October meeting. At that time, provided the feedback is positive, the commission could vote to reinstate Burlington to our prior status as a NEASC accredited high school. 

 
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