New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)

NEASC

Accreditation 

Stamford High School is a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). This organization is the accrediting agency for the schools in the New England region. Every member school goes through a ten-year accreditation cycle. At its January 11-12, 2004 meeting, the Commission on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS), our governing body within NEASC, voted to continue Stamford High School's accreditation for 10 years, the maximum allowed. The next step in the process was to implement the recommendations made by the visiting team in March 2003. Two- and five-year reports, and several other updates, have been completed and submitted to NEASC. These reports, with documentation, verify that we have successfully acted upon each recommendation.

The school has now completed its 2014 self-study process, culminating in the Visiting Committee's four-day, on-site evaluation from October 19, 2014 through October 22nd. Stamford High School's Final Report is now available for the public. On April 16, 2015, the school received its official notification letter that its accreditation is being renewed, with a warning for the School Culture and Leadership standard.

SHS received the NEASC response to the SHS Special Progress Report which was submitted on December 1, 2015. Accreditation for SHS was approved although the school remained on warning for the Standard for Accreditation on School Leadership And Culture. A February 23, 2016 NEASC response lifted warning from the Standard for Accreditation on School Leadership And Culture.  Most recently SHS communicated their progress towards the NEASC visiting committee's remaining 4 highlighted recommendations in an SHS 2 year report to be submitted to the CPSS on April17, 2018 as a Special Progress Report.   On August 8, 2018, NEASC's reponse commends SHS for their work, progress and full accredidation and also reminds SHS of their upcoming March 1, 2019 5-year follow up process.

Self Study

SHScompleted the Self Study process for an accreditation evaluation by a NEASC Visiting Committee in October of 2014 (19-22). This two-year process involves assigning the school staff to committees based on NEASC's Standards for Accreditation. Each committee gathered information needed to write a report answering several indicators for each standard. The work culminated in the visit, during which the school was evaluated by a team of its peers from throughout the State. The Visiting Committee gave the school a brief synopsis of its findings on its final day at a faculty meeting, and the completed report will arrive in the following months.  SHS is now preparing their work for the 5-year Progress Report die March 1, 2019.

Core Values and Beliefs

The Stamford High School partnership of administrators, faculty, and staff believes that all students can learn. We believe that we must provide a rigorous, relevant curriculum for all students that promotes critical and creative thinking and works to engage all students regardless of their varied abilities and backgrounds with an education that cultivates productive habits of mind, body and heart in every student.  To do so, we must give students multiple opportunities to succeed in the high school experience as well as set high expectations for all students and hold them, and ourselves, accountable.  We must also foster and maintain a culture that focuses on the importance of academics and routinely celebrates academic achievement.  It is our responsibility to model lifelong learning, civic engagement, and respect and tolerance for diversity and for each other.

21st Century Learning Expectations

The Stamford High School faculty has created the following 21st Century Learning Expectations and will work together to ensure that all students master these academic, social, and civic skills at a proficient level (or above) by the time they graduate in preparation for college and/or the workplace. Students will have the skills and knowledge necessary to:

  • THINK CRITICALLY: Identify and explore a problem, generating logical strategies to achieve a viable solution.
  • FOSTER CREATIVITY: Generate an idea and use a variety of resources and tools to create a meaningful product.
  • COMMUNICATE: Convey an idea with a purposeful unified focus, including relevant information organized in a logical way and expressed with control and correctness.
  • COLLABORATE: Actively work with peers, maintaining personal preparedness and participation while sharing responsibility and fostering group involvement.
  • DEMONSTRATE STUDENT AGENCY: Seek a challenge to pursue learning, working to set and achieve goals that contribute beyond one’s own personal gain.

School-Wide Analytic Rubrics

School-Wide Rubrics for 21st Century Learning Expectations