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April 10, 2013

St. Peter Schools get high marks from accreditation team



The team will send a report to the AdvancED accreditation office for review, and a committee will likely grant the accreditation in a few months.

Olson said it’s been a tradition in the district since 1978 to go the extra mile to receive that external analysis. In the late 1970s, it was common for high schools to become accredited to help graduating students get into good universities, he said. But St. Peter opted to have all the schools in the district accredited at that time, which was rare.

“A number of districts moved away from having their schools accredited,” Olson said. “We’ve stayed with this, primarily because we like the self-assessment piece merged with the outside validation piece.”

Olson said there is no financial incentive to seek accreditation.

“The incentive is really ensuring you have a quality school system that’s meeting the standards of quality schools,” he said.

AdvancED is the world leader in accreditation with 30,000 public and private schools throughout the U.S., and all the Department of Defense schools in the world.

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