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The Sycamore School Earns Prestigious Cognia Accreditation

By: The Sycamore School 

July 19, 2021

The Sycamore School (TSS) announced today that it has earned accreditation by Cognia™, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.

“After a detailed evaluation process, The Sycamore School is proud to receive accreditation from Cognia in our first year of eligibility,” said Dr. Karyn Ewart, Founder and Head of School at TSS. “It demonstrates our commitment to excellence and high standards, offering our students engaging and individualized learning opportunities that meet the needs of our community.”

As part of the accreditation announcement, Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia, stated, “Cognia Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school and its community on the primary goal of preparing lifelong learners in engaging environments where all students can flourish. The Sycamore School is to be commended for demonstrating that it has met high standards and is making progress on key indicators that impact student learning.”

Cognia, formerly AdvancED, nationally recognizes districts and schools that meet rigorous standards focused on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meets the needs of learners, and effective leadership. Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means that TSS is recognized across the nation and the world as a school that meets Cognia Standards of Quality and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement. Schools in good standing maintain their accreditation for five years.

About The Sycamore School 

The Sycamore School is a mastery-based school that integrates academic development, social and emotional learning, and civic engagement. We provide personalized, inquiry-based experiential learning, helping students make connections across content areas and to the real world. We create a meaningful learning process, whereby teachers personalize instruction according to students’ interests, needs, and aptitudes. Teaching focuses on cultivating transferable skills in students that apply to various jobs or tasks across settings, such as effective communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. We want to partner with parents and the community to design experiences in and outside the classroom.

The Sycamore School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and provides scholarships and financial assistance for students who demonstrate need. More information is available at www.thesycamoreschoolva.org.

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