Lafayette Christian School scores high in accreditation review

By Melanie Ruberti mruberti@CIVITASMEDIA.COM

March 24, 2014

Lafayette Christian School leaders say the school is on the right track. According to the results of their review from AdvanceED, a school accreditation organization known formerly a SACS, LCS scored in the top percentile in all five categories.

Those categories include: purpose and direction, governance and leadership, teaching and assessing, resources and support systems, and continuous improvement. Out of a possible four points, Lafayette Christian Academy scored at least 3.1, or higher, across the board.

“All high threes is a great affirmation of what we are doing and what we provide to the community,” said LCS Headmaster John Cipolla.

Cipolla said the review process is time-consuming and rigorous. In addition to the AdvanceEd team pouring over school documents, the organization conducted 50 interviews, visited 22 classrooms, plus held private meetings with students, parents and LCS board members all in a span of four days.

“They’re very thorough,” Cippola said.

The accreditation scores last for five years. While Cippola is happy with the latest report, he’s already preparing for the future.

“It’s an ongoing process,” he said. “We’re looking to improve, creating new strategies, plus collecting and analyzing data to make sure we are improving.”

In additions to AdvanceED, Lafayette Christian School also is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International, or ACSI.