FSP accredited by NEASC!

Friends School of Portland is pleased to announce that it has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). This announcement follows a lengthy process, including a year-long self-study and extensive interviews by the NEASC Visiting Committee. The school, founded in 2006, was commended on accomplishing this achievement within its first six years - a success that is described as "amazing" by Ann Scott, Associate Director of the Commission on Independent Schools.

Major commendations by the NEASC Visiting Committee (complete list below) include "the dedication and commitment of the faculty and staff... in establishing a culture of joyful learning," and "the dedication and leadership of the founding teacher and the Head of School and Board of Directors as they worked to establish and ensure the future of the Friends School of Portland as a lively and vibrant educational option in the greater Portland area." Major recommendations include "that the school pursue an attractive and stable location for a permanent home that ensures opportunities for its trademark place-based learning," and "that the school begin a conversation among all constituents about what the ideal school enrollment would look like without restriction from current space or staffing."

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, founded in 1885, is the nation's oldest accrediting association, with the stated mission of "fostering educational excellence...in New England independent schools." Accreditation of an institution by NEASC assures that the school "is faithful to its mission, conducts its programs appropriately to meet its goals and fulfills the Standards of Accreditation established by the Commission on Independent Schools." In addition, NEASC monitors efforts leading to continuous school improvement.

 

MAJOR COMMENDATIONS

1.  The visiting committee commends the courage, dedication and leadership of the founding teacher and the head of school and board of directors as they worked to establish and ensure the future of the Friends School of Portland as lively and vibrant educational option in the greater Portland area.

2.  The visiting committee commends the dedication and commitment of the faculty and staff truly living the mission of the school and establishing a culture of joyful learning.

3.  The visiting committee commends the school community for its thorough and authentic work on the self-study process and for its unwavering faith in the school's future

 

MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS

1.  The visiting committee recommends that the school pursue an attractive and stable location for a permanent home that ensures opportunities for its trademark place-based learning that has been integral to the program while providing buildings and grounds for the school and its programs to flourish.

2.  The visiting committee recommends that the school take advantage of the alignment of accreditation, a new head of school, and the search for a permanent home to consider the investment in enrollment and development professionals to build and sustain support and demand for this growing enterprise.

3.  The visiting committee recommends that the school begin a conversation among all constituents about what the ideal school enrollment would look like without restriction from current space or staffing.