Columbia, SC – The nationally-recognized educational accreditation organization – AdvanceED – has informed Provost Academy South Carolina that the school has met the “high standards” specified by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and has implemented “a continuous process of school improvement.”
Provost Academy Executive Director Stephanie Cagle said, “This accreditation announcement demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators.”
The AdvanceED - SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, stated, “SACS CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Provost Academy South Carolina is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”
COLUMBIA, SC – “In life, it’s not only important to get started, but to finish what we started, and how we finish is critical to our success.” These words were spoken to the 2015 graduation class of Provost Academy South Carolina – an EdisonLearning partnership school.
Sitting amongst those graduates was living proof, senior Larissa Brown. "During my senior year, I struggled with losing my mother and my father." Brown said.
Larissa transferred to PASC, a tuition-free and state-authorized online high school months before graduation and attended classes at the Columbia Campus, which is an extension of Provost’s online school, and provides students with additional hands-on academic assistance in their daily studies. Students who attend have the opportunity to complete their course work on-site in a computer lab with the assistance of instructors, and receive character education and career training through Provost’s guidance counselors.
“After losing both of my parents, I knew that I would need the support and minimum distractions. The teachers were not as supportive or encouraging at my old school. Provost Academy accepted all of my credits and my teachers motivated me to finish even when I felt like giving up. I needed that most during my senior year." Brown said.
Now as a Provost Academy graduate, Larissa will soon enlist in the United State Navy as a Mass Communications Specialist to pursue Naval Arts & Photography.
During the ongoing graduation season, the commencement ceremonies held in recent days at Provost Academy Colorado, Provost Academy Ohio, and Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies in Cincinnati and Cleveland; now bring the total number of students graduating this year from EdisonLearning partnership schools to 500. The final graduation ceremony for the year will be held at the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy in Bridgeton, New Jersey next month.
Provost Academy Colorado presented diplomas to 43 graduates, who completed their high school education at the fully-online statewide school. Among the graduates were the school’s members of the National Honor Society: Zane Burton, Taylor Confer, Bianca Hinchley, Gabrielle Tolman, Shannon Ward, and Molly Webb.
Provost Academy Ohio held graduation ceremonies yesterday (photos above), and conferred diplomas to 14 graduates. Also yesterday, the four Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies in Cleveland presented diplomas to 66 graduates; and the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies in Cincinnati presented diplomas to 21 graduates last weekend.
Since the inception of the Magic Johnson Bridgescape program, the total number of “non-graduates” who are now high school graduates is more than 1,000.
Last weekend in Columbia, South Carolina, diplomas were presented to the 157 members of the Provost Academy Class of 2015. PASC – completing its sixth year of operation - is one of South Carolina’s first online public high schools, and is a long-time partner with EdisonLearning.