This nationally recognized accreditation followed a rigorous evaluation by an external team of education professionals who reviewed BlueSky Online School’s curriculum, instructional and assessment practices, and its governance and leadership.
In 2013 BlueSky Online School earned five-year accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). In 2018 BlueSky Online School underwent a rigorous program review and accreditation renewal process led by AdvancED and the NCA CASI and was awarded accreditation for another 5 years.
“Powerful Practices,” at BlueSky Online School cited by the accrediting agency included:
- The school has created an exceptional student-centric culture based on shared values and beliefs about student dignity, ability and potential.
- The curriculum development and review process ensures rigorous standards-based learning opportunities for all students.
- Leadership empowers the school community to achieve at high levels through sound operational and financial management, and the development of a collaborative and collegial environment.
Accreditation means that the school not only meets rigorous established standards, but that it has demonstrated its committment to continuous improvement of its curriculum, programs, and operations.
Excerpts from the Accreditation Report
“Parents expressed exceptional levels of satisfaction with the school.
Interviews with parents included comments such as: “I believe this is the best school in the state.”; Everyone is so happy and happy teachers equal happy students.”; “The progress my daughter made is incredible!”; “My kids are thriving in this school!”; and, “They walked us through everything and made it so easy!” The success of students, the satisfaction of parents, and the commitment of teachers are a clear reflection BlueSky’s strong, focused, passionate and skilled leadership!”
“Teachers are highly responsive and my child received way more individualized attention than when in the public school – and this is an online school!”; “We like that you don’t have to go to school one way – each of my kids does it a different way.”; “Teachers are always available for my child.”; “Staff is immediately available and they have created real relationships with my kids.”
“From an enhanced student orientation program to the daily monitoring of student progress, everyone was focused on students. The use of student and teacher dashboards within the student information system allows all staff to monitor learner progress.”
“Communication is awesome!”
One teacher summed it up with the following: “I value the personal connections we have with students and how we all make it a point to get to know them.”
“The examination of the Curriculum Revision and Adoption Process revealed the school has an extensive process for evaluating and modifying curriculum.”
“Interviews with the leadership team and teachers as well as the review of sample Q Comp plans, agendas and meeting notes clearly evidence the quality of the curriculum process.”