January 23-- Vidalia's private Christian school is seeking accreditation.
Jeff McCormick, headmaster at Vidalia Heritage Academy, says the school has applied for joint accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
For the first time in its 14-year history, VHA is offering high school classes this year.
"It really will help us as we continue to expand and bring more and more students in and add to our high school area. We've not been accredited through the years. We've always been a member of ACSI, but never accredited by them, and now moving into high school we feel like it's a necessary step for us to take," McCormick says.
"The dual accreditation by SACS and ACSI assures families that we have at our very core a Biblical worldview that integrates spiritual truth and academic excellence in every subject. It also assures families of ongoing evaluation, not just of spiritual standards, but that VHA continually meets the educational standards of quality established by an international school community and we're very excited about that," he continued.
McCormick released the following statement Monday.
“ACSI and SACS signed a dual accreditation agreement last year so it was an easy decision for us to take this route. Accreditation through SACS has been recognizable to most parents for years as the standard for a school’s academic effectiveness. But today, SACS accreditation goes far beyond that and examines the whole institution—the programs, the cultural context, the community of stakeholders—to determine how well those things work together in meeting student’s needs. Not only are we are looking forward to the process of self-assessment which will bring to light special challenges we may not have understood before, but we are also looking forward to the external review from our peers to energize and equip us to tackle those issues and become a catalyst for transformative excellence.
“A Christian school bears the name of Christ and therefore should be reflected in the way it provides high quality education. ACSI accreditation assures families that Vidalia Heritage Academy has at its very core a Biblical worldview integrating spiritual truth and academic excellence in every subject. In other words, our Christianity is not something that is tacked on to the beginning or end of our day, rather, it is woven into every fiber and fabric of all our academics and programs. ACSI accreditation further assures families of ongoing evaluation, not just of the spiritual standards, but that VHA continually meets the educational standards of quality established by the international school community.”
The school expects its first evaluation visit in February.