The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) recently recognized Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. for its Program of Distinction in Visual Arts.
The Middle States Programs of Distinction initiative provides external validation of an accredited school’s accomplishments in specific areas of expertise and enables schools to take accreditation to the next level.
“I applaud Mt. Lebanon High School for its Program of Distinction in Visual Arts,” said Lisa Marie McCauley, Ed.D., president of MSA-CESS. “Visual arts are an important medium for communicating meaning, ideas and attitudes, and are critical to a high quality education.”
The Programs of Distinction review process helps already accredited schools identify strengths and areas for growth and provides inspiration and recommendations for attaining a high-quality program. MSA accredited schools are eligible to apply for Program of Distinction recognition for outstanding programs in Global Literacies, World Languages, Visual Arts, Music, Early Childhood Education, Service Learning, School Counseling and STEM.
The Visual Arts Program of Distinction recognizes schools where visual art is seen as an essential component in the social and cultural fiber of all societies now, in the past, and in the future.
“We are proud to be recognized by Middle States for our commitment to visual arts,” said Mt. Lebanon High School Principal Joel Thompson. “Our visual arts programs help students develop their talent and teach them how to work cooperatively, apply problem solving skills, show responsibility for their own learning, and applying critical thinking skills.”
Mt. Lebanon High School also has a Program of Distinction in School Counseling.