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APRIL 25, 2016 (267) 258-0076
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) recently recognized Saint John’s School in San Juan, P.R., for its Program of Distinction in Early Childhood Education.
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.
“Programs of Distinction are models for other academic programs throughout the world,” said Henry G. Cram, Ed.D., president of MSA-CESS. “I congratulate Saint John’s School for its commitment to preparing children for meaningful lives and active participation in the global community.”
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 21st Century Skills, Global Literacies, World Languages, Visual Arts, Music, Early Childhood Education, Service Learning, School Counseling and STEM Education.
The Early Childhood Education Program of Distinction recognizes schools that demonstrate dedication to early learning through a rich, child centered philosophy and best practices that focus on exploration, questioning, creativity and social-emotional development, as well as cognitive skills.
“Our recent expansion of our Early Childhood Program to include Pre-Pre Kindergarten for 3 year olds is a reflection of our commitment to guiding our students at Saint John’s School on a path toward success,” said Head of School Lorraine Lago. “Early childhood education provides a crucial first step for young children, and we are thrilled that Middle States has recognized our program for its dedication to high-quality learning for all children.”
About Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)
Based in Philadelphia, the Middle States Association is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. With more than 2,700 accredited schools and school systems in 34 states and nearly 100 countries, MSA-CESS is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of improving education in the 21st century.