Global Bilingual Academy School has been awarded accreditation by Cognia, the parent organization for the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA, CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWASC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
This combined group of regional agencies provide our school with a highly regarded accreditation that is recognized throughout the world.
Information about Cognia organization
Cognia is the largest community of education professionals in the world. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, Cognia is far from a typical accrediting agency. Their goal isn’t to certify that educational institutions are good enough. Rather, their commitment is to help these institutions continuously improve.
Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm, and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, they serve as a trusted partner to 36,000 educational institutions—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations. Cognia was formed through a 2006 merger of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2012.
What does it mean to be an accredited school?
NCA CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation. The purpose of accreditation is to ensure quality and provide continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet NCA CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement.
Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents, and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators.
NCA CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of Cognia / NCA CASI, stated, “NCA CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Global Bilingual Academy is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”