As you may or may not be aware, ten days ago, Petra Academy welcomed three headmasters representing the Association of Classical and Christian Schools as part of our 5-year accreditation inspection. The primary purpose of this two-and-a-half day on-site visit was to verify our self-study (which was a year in the making and culminated in over a thousand pages of written documentation covering every policy and practice we have) to determine the accuracy of it reflecting the school’s programs and ministry.
The objectives for the accreditation on-site visit were for the committee to provide for the ACCS Board a final report that addresses every aspect of our school’s program, ensure that our self-study was objective and accurate, and evaluate whether our school was in violation of any ACCS standard, which are quite stringent. We also benefited by having three headmasters far more experienced than myself bring an outside perspective and provide commendations of our strengths and recommendations on ways we might improve.
The good news? By God’s grace and the dedicated work of our faculty and staff, we came through our accreditation visit with flying colors. I won’t go into the details (though I’m happy to speak more with you about them as you have questions), but suffice it to say that the committee found no discrepancies between what we said we are doing and what we are actually doing, and they have unanimously and enthusiastically recommended us to the ACCS Board for another 5-year re-accreditation.
I share this with you not to pat ourselves on the back, but simply to say that, while we are not a perfect school, we are a progressing one – made up of flawed people passionately committed to excellence in classical Christian education, for the flourishing of humanity and the renown of Jesus the Christ as our mission states. Thank you for supporting our little school, and thank you for your prayers on our behalf as we labor to see every student at Petra Academy grow up to live a purposeful, godly life.