Accreditations

The March 2022 re-accreditation visit consisted of virtual and in person observations and interviews by the MSA and AMS representatives. Both of these distinguished organizations have recommended Nardin Academy for re-accreditation. Following the visit, each visiting team will send their findings to their organization’s committees for review where a final decision on the school’s accreditation status will be made. In the meantime, our Internal Coordinators will initiate the Plan for Growth and Improvement which can be found below. This is a continuous effort on the part of the whole Nardin Community and its stakeholders. Every five to seven years, the Academy reassesses their objectives and goals brought about by the MSA Standards for Accreditation and AMS Standards for Accreditation.

 
 

What is Middle States?

The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, building on the rich history of the Middle States Association, aspire to improve the quality of education in the United States and around the world by assisting schools to achieve excellence through the process of accreditation, by affirming to the public a member school’s trustworthiness and commitment to continuous improvement, by providing the network and resources for the promotion of proven practices.

We believe that: 
  • Education is important to the quality of life in our global society. 
  • All children deserve access to a quality education.
  • All schools can achieve excellence in both teaching and learning through innovation.
  • The process of self assessment, external validation, and accountability is essential to school improvement.
  • Achieving excellence through accreditation promotes a commitment to a shared vision of continuous improvement, diverse stakeholder support, and sustained effort over an extended period of time. 
  • Accreditation is a collaborative partnership grounded in professionally recognized and accepted research-based standards.
 
 

What is the American Montessori Society

Accreditation by the American Montessori Society is an affirmation that a school is implementing best practices in Montessori education, as well as in areas of health and safety, finance, and administration. It affirms that a school represents the gold standard of Montessori education.

  • Not all schools that are members of AMS are accredited.
  • The decision to undergo AMS accreditation is voluntary. 
  • Currently, 204 of our 16,000 member schools (approximately 15%) are AMS-accredited. 187 are private schools. 17 are public schools.
  • Accredited schools are validated by independent teams of evaluators as meeting rigorous standards of excellence developed by AMS.
  • The accreditation process typically takes 18 months to 2 years.
  • Every private school that is accredited by AMS gains automatic recognition by the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), a national organization that serves as a review panel for the standards and review procedures of private-school accrediting agencies.
 
 

Contact Information

Becky Braungart, rbraungart@nardin.org
Director of Innovation & Technology
 
Jessica Neilans, jneilans@nardin.org
School Psychologist
 
Tom Whalen, twhalen@nardin.org
High School Campus Minister