October 28 2015

Burlington High School Accredited Under NEASC Once Again

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington High School is once again accredited. 


Superintendent Eric Conti told the School Committee that Burlington High School is once again fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) during the meeting on Tuesday night. 


This should be welcome 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. This raised concerns among some parents that not having an accreditation might harm graduating students’ chances of getting into the college of their choice or receiving financial aid. School administration officials said that a survey of college admission offices made them believe there would be no impact. 

 

However, department officials pressed ahead to get the school re-accredited and this month that happened. 

 

“Burlington High School’s request for the reinstatement of our NEASC accreditation has been supported by the Commission on Public Secondary Schools,” Princial Mark Sullivan wrote on his blog. “This decision came after a vote of the Commission at their October meeting where the committee reinstated Burlington High School as a fully accredited member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.” 

 

Sullivan adds that a recent visit with NEASC that highlighted what the school has been doing since its last NEASC evaluation helped the process.


“Our recent Site Directed Visit on October 1st provided the background information for this positive vote,” he wrote. “The visiting team had many commendations that clearly demonstrate that BHS has not been idle since our last visit in 2004. They also had several recommendations that will serve as a starting point as we begin preparations for our self-study and decennial site visit, currently scheduled to be sometime in 2017.”

 
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