Rutherford, NJ — The Academy at Saint Mary announced today that it has earned re-accreditation by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, a worldwide leader in accreditation and continuous school improvement.

“We are pleased to have earned re-accreditation by the Middle States Association and to share in our success with the greater school community, especially the teachers, parents and students who worked so hard to make this possible,” said Ana Maria Castaneda, Principal. “Re-accreditation confirms and validates the work we do each and every day to ensure a top quality education for our students.”

Accreditation is a self-evaluation process that schools voluntarily undergo to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of performance standards. The accreditation process helps schools – and ultimately students – to continuously grow and improve.

The process begins with a self-study that is conducted by the school and requires input from school leaders, teachers, parents and students. Following the self-study, a team of volunteer educators from Association member schools conducts an on-site peer review visit to observe school operations and interview various stakeholders.

The visiting team makes its recommendation to the Middle States Association Commissions, which votes on the accreditation.

“The accreditation process examines schools in a holistic way, supplementing student testing data and providing a more complete measure of a school’s performance,” said Henry G. Cram, Ed.D., president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. “School leaders, teachers and parents are to be commended for working together to create a concrete plan focused on providing high quality education for all students.”



About The Academy at Saint Mary
The Academy at Saint Mary continues to mirror a commitment to the Dominican tradition of high, academic standards established a century ago. These standards extend to a culturally diverse student population from Preschool through Grade Eight. The Academy strives to provide a safe, nurturing environment, emphasizing a holistic approach to education. We, as a community, work to develop effective communication, independent thinking, and creative problem solving within our students. We continually seek to promote sound, moral, and spiritual values rooted in the teachings of Jesus, enabling our students to successfully contribute to our ever-changing global society. Learn more by visiting there website:

About Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA)
The Middle States Association is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, MSA has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. With more than 2,700 MSA-accredited schools across the United States and in nearly 100 countries, MSA is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of the 21st century and improve educational opportunities for all children.