SC schools seek national accreditation

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 7, 2005


Staff Reporter

LULING – Although more than 500 Louisiana schools have earned the distinction of district-wide SACS (Southern Association of College and Schools) Regional Accreditation, there isn’t a school system in the state that has reached national accreditation.

The St. Charles school system is looking to change that.

To that end, they have invited an 8-member team from SACS to St. Charles Parish for a four-day visit, which is a necessary step in the evaluation process.

The team will arrived last Sunday, according to Rochelle Cannciene, spokesperson for St. Charles Schools.

Multiple interviews, starting with the superintendent, took place on Monday. Then the team visited the schools on Tuesday, she added.

The final evaluation, with results included, will be presented to the school system in the immediate future, Cancienne added.

“We don’t look at ourselves as individual schools, we look at ourselves as a school ‘system’ – all working together as a team, speaking the same language,” she said. She added that the schools feel very confident that they will get the okay from the SACS Team.

Cancienne noted that the St. Tammany Parish School System is also in the same process of accreditation at this time. A different SACS Team is visiting their administration and schools this week.