NEASC: Everything You Need To Know

Gabrielle Tropp ’16
EE Staff Writer

As all students and faculty know, Trumbull High School has been visited by NEASC. Certainly, we have felt the effects in terms of nervous teachers, shadowed friends, and glimpses of accreditors in the hallways. So everyone has heard the name NEASC around school, but what does does it mean, what does it do, and why are they here? The trivia in homeroom and advisory may have helped, but to be honest, probably not. Here’s all you need to know about the recently completed process. 

NEASC stands for the “New England Association of Schools and Colleges” and they are here to accredit THS. Now what does that mean? For the school to be accredited, THS must meet specific requirements. These requirements stem from the school’s Core Values, and there are seven standards of assessment. From community resources to curriculum, there is a lot expected from our high school.

The Core Values and Belief Statement says, “The Trumbull High School Community, which engages in an environment conducive to learning, believes that all students will read and write effectively, therefore communicating in an articulate and coherent manner. All students will participate in activities that address problem-solving through critical thinking. Students will use technology as a tool in decision making. We believe that by fostering self-confidence, self-directed and student-centered activities, we will encourage independent thinking and learning. We believe ethical conduct to be paramount in sustaining our welcoming school climate.” Now that is a lot to take in and understand, but the 5 key goals are as follows: read and write effectively, problem-solving through critical thinking,using technology as a tool in decision making, independent thinking and learning, and ethical conduct.

The impact of this accreditation on our lives is a lot greater than a few hectic weeks. Having an accredited high school can determine how much a diploma from THS is worth; when you are applying for colleges, having a high school diploma from an accredited high school is very important. Your top school might not accept you unless Trumbull High is accredited.

Now you might be getting nervous: “What If Trumbull High doesn’t get accredited? Does that mean all my high school credit is meaningless now?”.

Don’t worry too much. I can see how you might be thinking how could Trumbull High pass when the construction is still being finished, but in comparison to some other high schools in New England, Trumbull High School is in great shape. Think about what our school has accomplished; our Mock Trial team placed tenth in the world at their recent competition, and senior Emily Ruchalski won best witness in the world. Yes, in the world. And don’t forget the DECA competition last year, where six students went to California to compete on a national level. And as for our faculty , Mr. August was named Teacher of the Year in Trumbull and was one of the finalists in Connecticut. All of this and so much more adds up to an amazing school community. There is a lot riding on this accreditation, but we have astounding evidence to support our worth.
Don’t worry about being accredited but, it is important to recognize how important the process is.

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