New Haven Renews Accreditation
New Haven announced the school recently completed the State of
Utah and the Northwest Association of Schools accreditation process.
It took New Haven about a year to gather all of the required information
for accreditation through the State of Utah. The process required
that each department in the school figure out what their goals
were for student outcomes, which were then discussed with the
entire teaching staff. A rubric was then created to measure these
desired student outcomes.
New Haven held focus groups that included people from all parts
of the company as well as students and parents to garner input
on the desired outcomes for student learning and how the school
functioned in general. This process required the school to collect
and collate data about the students, their progress and the success
of the school. From this process, New Haven developed its school
profile and statistics.
Some of the most relevant data included the SAT Score Summary,
the GPA improvement scales, what happens post high school, and
the colleges and university's New Haven students attend after
the program. On the SAT graph, you can see how New Haven students
performed well above the average in both verbal and math in comparison
to the National Average for 2005.
The GPA improvement scales show that students attending New Haven
perform better in school. The graphs show that some students with
already high GPAs, did not change much, however, others showed
significant GPA improvements by the time they left New Haven.
The Post High School statistics were also exciting. Generally,
parents' want their child to obtain some kind of post high school
education and become concerned over how to ensure this happens.
Families in crisis have a hard time visualizing their teens moving
forward in their education after high school, but the statistics
show that after completing our program, our students are able
and willing to go on to universities and colleges. It is impressive
and rewarding to see the list of colleges the girls actually attend.
This accreditation process helped our school to not only build
on our strengths, but also address our weaknesses. The school
has set specific goals for continued improvement. For example,
New Haven is working to increase its variety of reading, study
and research materials in the library to offer the students. The
accreditation process forced each teacher to define just what
they would like students to walk away with from each classroom,
as well as create and implement new ways to measure their learning
outcomes. The process helped our teachers see the importance of
assessment and gathering data to not only show their effectiveness
in teaching, but the student's effectiveness and progress in learning.