During the exit conference the accreditation team members spoke about the different pre-assigned topics they had focused on during the visit. Each was very complimentary about BJA, and several gave specific examples. For example, one fifth-grader told them, “The teachers not only teach us all about the subjects but show us God’s hand in them as well.” The team said that it was evident to them that the BJA teachers don’t simply know the mission statement, they live it.
The team thoroughly enjoyed their classroom observations, and the team member who looked at technology noted that the teachers’ use of technology was natural, seamless, and effective. They complimented the significant work on the academic manual (philosophy, scope and sequence, and core competency objectives) and recommended the completion of the project before the next accreditation visit in five years. Though the academic manual was not complete, it was far more extensive and closer to completion than was required or anticipated for this year’s visit.
Once the team completes its final written report, it will make its formal recommendation to the accreditation board for the accreditation of Bob Jones Academy.
What’s next? When we receive the official report (including the team’s recommendations), we will incorporate those recommendations into our school improvement plan. Once that school improvement plan has been in operation for six to nine months, we will make application to Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools – Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) for regional accreditation next spring. The MSA-CESS accreditation will not require an additional site visit. Instead, the commission relies on the recommendation of the SCACS review team, their final report, and progress on the school improvement plan. It is very reasonable to anticipate that we will have regional accreditation by the end of next school year (2015-2016).
I am so grateful to each of our teachers, staff members, and administrators who have worked through the self-study and improvement program to provide a strong educational program for our students. Please pray for us as we continue the process of school improvement for the glory of God and the benefit of our students and families. This is not the end, but it is a significant milestone on the path.
In addition, please pray for the head of the accreditation review team that was here last week, Mr. Edward Earwood, who was hospitalized earlier this week and is currently in ICU. Mr. Earwood is also executive director of SCACS and has done much for the cause of Christian education in our state. Please pray earnestly that the Lord will restore him to full health.
Bob Jones Academy exists to assist like-minded Christian parents in challenging students to love Jesus Christ, to embrace God’s truth, to exercise integrity, to pursue excellence, and to serve others.