• AdvancED Accreditation

    The external Review Team visited Berkeley County School District (BCSD) November 1-4, 2015. BCSD was recommended for systems re-accreditation through the AdvancED Commission for a five-year term that expires June 30, 2021. The district received initial accreditation through AdvancED in 2010. Parents and interested community members can learn more about the findings of the External by clicking on the following links:


    Purpose

    Accreditation is inextricably linked to institution and educational system improvement. The accreditation process asks institutions and systems to critically evaluate their vision, strategies, priorities, leadership, programs and resources.

    Accreditation is designed to help educational systems boost their ongoing performances efforts for the benefit of their students. AdvancED insists on a relentless pursuit of excellence - for itself and for the institutions it accredits. This ethic of excellence ensures that institutions will find rich benefits from accreditation and that parents can confidentiality make informed decisions about their children's education, knowing their child's school is accredited. Accreditation matters because our students deserve the highest level of educational excellence possible.


    Educational institution that engage in AdvancED accreditation will:

    • Unite with a global network committed to standards of educational excellence
    • Earn the distinction of quality through the recognized seal of AdvancED accreditation
    • Experience a unified, clear and powerful accreditation process with a scalable and sustainable evaluation of educational quality
    • Receive external and objective validation of the areas in which they are doing well, and the areas for continuous improvement
    • Benefit from AdvancED research that shapes educational policy and improves learning practices
    • Experience a state-of-the-art web-based accreditation system that is continuously being upgraded and improved
    • Hear the best available ideas and thinking on education practices and trends through innovative products, educational technologies, and the collective knowledge of peer
    • Benefit from shared expertise and powerful professional learning through local and global workshops, training conferences and personalized service

    Students and parents will:

    • Experience ease in transferring credits from one school to another
    • Gain greater access to federal loans, scholarships, postsecondary education and military programs that require students attend an accredited institution
    • Benefit from their institution or educational system's commitment to raising student performance and accountability