July 16th, 2012
CLARKSVILLE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES SACS ACCREDITATION
Director of Marketing & Development
For immediate release
Clarksville, Tenn. Clarksville Academy, a Pre-K through 12th grade private college preparatory school, is pleased to announce that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) has awarded Clarksville Academy accreditation. This group represents 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the US and in 65 countries worldwide educating 15 million students.
The SACS team visited Clarksville Academy in February over a two-day period and announced their accreditation in July. During their visit SACS team members met with a variety of CA staff, students, parents, board members and stakeholders. During this visits various questions and tours took place giving the group an overall view of what Clarksville Academy is offering it’s students.
After the two-day visit, the committee announced that not only would CA remain an accredited institution, but commended the school in several areas. These commendations are as follows:
- Clarksville Academy is characterized by a true family atmosphere. Mutual respect and high regard for individual learners are present everywhere.
- Many students are involved in community service. Students seem to support the activities of their fellow students. Students feel free to approach teachers with problems. Teachers are accessible to students and parents.
- A positive, open atmosphere is conducive to effective learning.
- Clarksville Academy is blessed with a strong, capable Head of School.
- Stakeholder groups praised the leadership of the Head of School. The administrator’s touch is evident in many aspects of the school’s life, facilities, and culture. The Head of School articulates the mission and vision of Clarksville Academy effectively and seems especially adept at receiving input and providing resources to accomplish the school’s mission.
- Schools, like all organizations, succeed or fail based upon leadership.
- At Clarksville Academy, effective communication keeps stakeholders aware of school life and events, student progress, and other information.
- Interviews with students and parents indicated a high level of satisfaction with opportunities and avenues of communication. Written documentation provided to the team supports this.
- Good stakeholder communication enhances ownership and confidence.
- Clarksville Academy affirms and celebrates student successes. Individuals and groups are recognized regularly for various kinds of achievements.
- Observation of student assembly, web site, Pre-K king and queen parade, and commendatory phone calls to parents indicate that a culture of recognition is pervasive.
- Affirmation and celebration build community.
Clarksville Academy has seen extreme growth over the past few years and this report shows the reason why so many are joining the Cougar tradition. As of May 2012, CA had 568 students enrolled in its Pre-K through 12-college preparatory program. All 51 graduates of the Class of 2012 are going to college and received an overwhelming $4.8 million in scholarships! Pre-K at CA is more than just an introduction to education, with course work in foreign language, pre-reading, letter and number recognition, music, art, technology and more, these students are better prepared for Kindergarten. The Kindergarten program adds to those foundations with immersion in these subjects as well as reading, writing, phonics, science, math and a mentor program with the senior class. All Lower School students in grades 1-5 also attend the enrichments listed above (art, music, science, technology, library and foreign language) as well as take part in math labs, off campus field trips and daily physical education classes. Intermediate Schools will be issued iPad3 later this month for use in daily classroom and homework assignments. Upper School students are immersed in technology with MacBook laptops, which are used for all work done in and outside of class. Clarksville Academy is also adding a Challenge Based Learning Program which will take an overall question/problem that the entire Upper School will work solve. This question/problem will have effects not only on the CA community but the community as a whole. This program will teach new leadership and problem solving skills.
For more information on Clarksville Academy and it’s curriculum visit, www.clarksvilleacademy.com.