Monday, July 13, 2015

Burlington High School NEASC Update

July 13, 2015

Jointly submitted for Burlington High School by Mark Sullivan and for NEASC by George Edwards.

A meeting between Burlington High School (BHS) Administration and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) staff took place on Wednesday, July 8th at BHS. Present at the meeting were BHS Principal Mark Sullivan and Director of Guidance Joe Attubato and Acting Director of NEASC’s Commission for Public Secondary Schools George Edwards. The meeting was very positive and productive. Everyone present agreed that the meeting was helpful and a good next step in the Accreditation process for BHS. It was agreed that BHS would move forward as quickly as appropriate to ensure a meaningful accreditation process.  
Some of the items discussed at the meeting included:
  • Additional information that BHS needs to provide NEASC
  • The ways a revised Self-Study and Accreditation process will be beneficial to BHS
  • A potential process and timeline for BHS to navigate the Self-Study and Accreditation Site Visit (which will be made jointly by BHS and the NEASC staff)
Additionally, the topic of college admissions was discussed. After discussion, it is clear that any school that is a member of NEASC and actively engaged in the accreditation process (especially a school like BHS who withdrew for a short time after being in good standing for 57 years) would not see any negative or adverse conditions placed on students during their college admissions process. This would include schools that are at any point in the accreditation process or for a school that is in a ‘candidacy’ phase. Burlington High School is actively engaged in the NEASC process.

At this time, NEASC Accreditation is officially a Burlington High School process and is formally in the high school’s school improvement plan for 2015/2016 school year. Questions, comments, or concerns about NEASC Accreditation should be directed to Burlington High School.

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