Saint Joseph Prep Boson is proud to announce that on the heels of an extensive two-year re-accreditation process conducted by our School in partnership with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC granted continued accreditation to SJP as of June 21, 2022.
NEASC Accreditation attests to a school’s high quality and integrity. Founded in 1885, NEASC is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization that partners with over 1500 public, independent, and international schools in the US and worldwide to assess, support, and promote high-quality education for all students through accreditation, professional assistance, and pursuit of best practices. NEASC aspires to provide a process for meaningful, ongoing whole-school improvement while honoring the unique culture and context of each institution they support.*
NEASC accreditation involves a multi-step, thorough process including a Self-Study by faculty and staff, meetings with members of the Board of Trustees, school visits, and an in-depth review of school policies, procedures, and programs. Each school is assessed based on 14 Standards. Learn more about NEASC and the accreditation process here.
Saint Joseph Prep was initially due to undergo NEASC accreditation renewal in 2020. However, that was temporarily put on hold due to COVID. The process resumed during the 2021-22 school year, culminating with a three-day school visit in April. The Visiting Team was composed of eight education professionals from schools throughout the New England area.
As part of their final evaluation, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Visiting Team shared with Mr. Eugene Ward, SJP’s Head of School, that they and their team could not have been more impressed by what they found during their visit. In fact, several members of the visiting committee shared that they were excited to take what they had seen at SJP back to their schools to enhance their own academic programs and improve their students' experiences.
Among many accolades included in the Report, the Visiting Team found that “SJP is clearly a school that cares deeply for each of its students, and it is staffed by a vibrant, caring group of adults who are fully aligned with the mission of the school and the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.”
The Visiting Team concurred with Saint Joseph Prep’s Self-Study team that the school met each and every one of the 14 NEASC Standards. There was even more exciting news in the case of three particular Standards: the Visiting Team concluded that Saint Joseph Prep not only met but exceeded expectations and recommended that our School update our Report to reflect the Team’s findings in those areas. The three Standards included: Standard 4 (“The School Assures that the Adult Community is Qualified and Organized to Implement the Mission”), Standard 7 (Commitment to Mission and Core Beliefs Informs Decisions, Guides Initiatives and Aligns with the Students’ Needs and Aspirations”), and Standard 10 (“Commitment to Continuous Professional Development Permeates the Adult Culture.”) Regarding Standard 4, the Report states that “the Visiting Committee commends St. Joseph Prep on its detailed procedures and high standards for hiring faculty and staff who are highly qualified in their field and who embrace the School's mission.”
Mrs. Linda Walkins served on Saint Joseph Prep’s NEASC Steering Committee, helping to coordinate the process from start to finish. As Mrs. Walkins reflected on the preparation and visit, she noted that “the NEASC self-study provided a wonderful opportunity for our entire school community to reflect on some of the truly amazing work that’s been done over the last ten years to build a rigorous academic program and an incredibly supportive community.”
In line with the overarching goal of the accreditation process, it’s an ideal opportunity for our school to assess areas of particular strength and identify areas we can continue to grow. “In many ways, it’s also a great professional development opportunity for faculty and staff.” Mrs. Walkins added, "As someone who’s also been part of a NEASC visiting team to other schools, I appreciate the gift it is to learn and grow from the ideas you see being implemented in other schools.”
It’s clear from the NEASC report that the mission of Saint Joseph Prep to offer an environment where each student is welcomed and affirmed, nurtured and supported, pushed and stretched, and known and loved is very much alive and well.
All of us at Saint Joseph Prep are proud to continue our long relationship with NEASC and for our continued NEASC accreditation. A special thank you again to everyone who assisted in our efforts throughout the two-year-long accreditation process. To parents, students, faculty and staff, Board members, and the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, thank you for your ongoing support.