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This page provides information about AFG to members of our school community and to visitors to this web site.

In Spring 2000, The Episcopal Academy Board of Trustees approved Accreditation for Growth as the protocol under which Episcopal would be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Approval by the Board followed discussion and a recommendation by faculty and administration. In August 2000 Head of School Dr. James L. Crawford, Jr., appointed Dr. Lee T. Pearcy as Coordinator of Accreditation for Growth at Episcopal.

By choosing AFG, Episcopal commited itself to:

  • Focusing on improving student performance
  • Using its mission, beliefs, and Philosophy and Objectives as a unifying force for change
  • Including a variety of stakeholders in the process of setting and implementing goals for improved student performance
  • Continually reviewing progress
  • Participating in peer review and external validation by a Validation Team appointed by the Middle States Association

On November 11-14, 2001, a Validation Team from the Middle States Association visited Episcopal. A Planning Document was prepared to document our planning process, goals, and action plans. Portions of this document are available to members of the school community on our Intranet server.

On January 10, 2002, the Validation Team issued its report, which recommended continuing accreditation for The Episcopal Academy. In April, 2002, the Middle States Association officially accepted the recommendation and awarded Episcopal continuing accreditation. At the same time, the Pennsylvania Association of Private Academic Schools (PAPAS), which had participated in Episcopal's accreditation process, also continued Episcopal's accreditation. Thus Episcopal became the first school to be accredited jointly by MSA and PAPAS under the AFG protocol.

Mission Statement
On November 7, 2000, the EA Planning Team approved this Mission Statement for AFG. The statement will guide us as we develop student performance goals, measures, and implementation plans. Because this statement draws on language from the Mission and Vision statements of our school's strategic plan, The Plan for Episcopal, it and the following Belief Statements have been adopted as fundamental statements of the Academy.
The Episcopal Academy educates qualified, motivated students to grow intellectually, physically, and spiritually, and to share their talents generously. We are a coeducational community of learners and teachers working to achieve excellence through a strong academic program, comprehensive athletics, and vibrant arts. Our school's Episcopalian heritage with its respect for all faiths forms the basis of our life together.
Beliefs Statement

Belief Statements, according to the Middle States Association's School Guide for Planning, "are the formal expression of a school's fundamental values and serve as its ethical code."

At The Episcopal Academy, we believe that:

- The pursuit of learning is a work for a lifetime. Learning emerges from and builds
   on experience and discovery.

- A healthy lifestyle, including appropriate education and lifelong physical activity, enhances
   individual mental and spiritual health. Athletic competition and sportsmanship contribute
   to the mental and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities.

- Everyone has inherent worth as a creation of God.
- Every individual shares responsibility for the community.
- Individual moral integrity and a core of common values are essential to every community.
- Mutual respect among people of varied backgrounds and perspectives leads to positive,
   beneficial relationships.
- Individuals thrive in a safe, nurturing environment where they can be comfortable in taking
   risks and where they can develop their talents.

Planning Teams
AFG Planning Teams are the heart of the process. They consist of representative stakeholders. Working as "equals among equals," members of the Planning Teams set student performance goals, establish measures for them, and oversee the implementation of those goals.

Because of the complexity of its structure, Episcopal has Planning Teams for each unit. These Unit Planning Teams report to the Academy Planning Team.

The Academy Planning Team

Bob Bruce
Lance Cave
L. Hamilton Clark
Elizabeth Cocco
Eileen Cohen
Bob Cronin
Mark Devey
Deb Dupre
Mary French

John Gallagher
Chris Giles
John Goens
Jackie Hamilton
Robert H. Lee
Frank Leto
Mark Luff
Michael Murphy

Lee T. Pearcy, chair
Jennifer Rea
John Rettew
Laura Russell
Cannie Shafer
Suzy Talbot
Geoffrey Wagg
Andrea Zimmerman

The Unit Planning Teams
Upper School

Chuck Bryant
Lance Cave, chair
Helena Cochrane
Bernadette Dugan
Alice Fortune-Greely
Dolores Lombardi
Geoff Wagg
Jane Wessels

Middle School

Chris Giles
Mark Devey
Nancy DiSilvestro
Michelle Domondon
Chris Giles
Maude Kent
Linda Lew
Mark Luff
Laura Russell, chair

Lower (Merion)

Mary Ammon
Elizabeth Cocco
Eileen Cohen
Deborah Colgan
Meg Galli
Jackie Hamilton
Ellen McMichael
Jennifer Rea, chair

Lower (Devon)

Brendan FitzPatrick
John Goens
Lauri Grims
Linda Hassett
Michael Murphy, chair
Nancy Reinhard
Jessica Rice
Cannie Shafer

Student Performance Goals
At the center of AFG is the requirement to develop two to four measurable student performance goals.

  • Measurable We must be able to measure what our students know and can do, and we must establish benchmarks against which progress can be measured.
  • Student performance Although we have many goals at Episcopal--goals for our faculty, for our physical plant, for our endowment--only goals that relate to what we want our students to know and be able to do can be used for AFG.
  • Goals We want to grow, in mind, body, and spirit.

The AFG Planning Teams have developed the following goals:

  • MIND: By the year 2006, Episcopal students will demonstrate growth in critical and creative thinking skills.
  • BODY: By the year 2006, Episcopal students will demonstrate improved physical fitness and increased knowledge of the relation between healthy lifestyles and physical fitness.
  • SPIRIT: By the year 2006, Episcopal students will reflect the spiritual heritage of The Episcopal Academy by demonstrating an increased ability to ask thoughtful moral questions, think about them, and act on their conclusions, expressing kinship with their fellow human beings.

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