In general, independent elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. are accredited by regional and/or state accrediting associations. Accreditation is a system of accountability that is ongoing, voluntary, and comprehensive in scope. It respects differences in institutional populations, missions, and cultures, and fosters institutional change grounded in the judgment of practicing educators. It is based on standards, which are developed and regularly reviewed by the member institutions and which define the characteristics of good schools and colleges.
Accreditation of a school indicates that it meets or exceeds standards and criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group process. An accredited school is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation, which has a multi-year validation, involves a periodic self-study and an evaluation visit to the school by a committee of peers.
2012-2013 Accreditation Statuses will not be issued. For more information please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=2147512026.