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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
choosing AFG, Episcopal commited itself to:
on improving student performance
its mission, beliefs, and
Philosophy and Objectives as a unifying force for change
a variety of stakeholders in the process of setting and
implementing goals for improved student performance
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.
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
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.
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
and spiritual health. Athletic competition and sportsmanship
to the mental and spiritual well-being
of individuals and communities.
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,
- Individuals thrive in a safe, nurturing environment where
they can be comfortable in taking
risks and where they can develop their talents.
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
The Academy Planning Team |
L. Hamilton Clark
Robert H. Lee
| Lee T. Pearcy, chair |
The Unit Planning Teams |
| Upper School
Lance Cave, chair
| Middle School
Laura Russell, chair
| Lower (Merion)
Jennifer Rea, chair
| Lower (Devon)
Michael Murphy, chair
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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