This morning marked our second planned Delayed Opening of the 2010-11 school year. The delayed openings are part of our Accreditation For Growth (AFG) process, which is a protocol used by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools to give outside accreditation to schools. As a New York State Public School, Wheatley is, of course, accredited by the New York State Board of Regents.
Why pursue an additional accreditation, one might ask? Well…through an outside accreditation, a school such as Wheatley is able to focus on goals and objectives that are outside of the normal purview of state accreditation. Additional accreditation also serves as an important validation by outside experts. Although Wheatley has had Middle States accreditation for decades, the AFG protocol is only seven years old; this is the first time we have needed to renew our Middle States accreditation through this process. This review is a thorough process that touches on all aspects of Wheatley: curriculum, instruction, leadership, governance, community involvement, facilities and just about any other aspect of our organization. Over the next few days, I will update you with some of the ongoing work.