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Accreditation

It is the mission of Central Minnesota Christian School to provide a

Christ-centered, quality education to equip students for a life of service.

 

Central Minnesota Christian School is an accredited member of Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association.  As part of our accreditation, we maintain a strategic plan for improvement.  This report is generated every year and submitted to MNSAA for review.  Every seventh year MNSAA conducts a site visit where a team of MNSAA school representatives spend several days onsite to provide a thorough review of our school as it relates to the quality standards set forth by MNSAA.  

Standard 1: Mission and Philosophy –The Vision and Values of the School

1.01      DEVELOPMENT OF MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY: The school’s stakeholders engage in a systematic, inclusive and comprehensive process to develop mission and philosophy statements that direct the educational program; this includes a regular process for stakeholders to review, clarify and revise these statements.

1.02    MISSION STATEMENT: The school has a mission statement that concisely articulates a shared vision for the school community and establishes a commitment to support and promote student learning.

1.03    PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT: The school articulates a philosophy of teaching and learning that elaborates, supports, and clarifies the mission statement.

1.04    COMMUNICATION OF MISSION & PHILOSOPHY: The school communicates the mission and philosophy to the stakeholders in the school community.

1.05    USE OF STATEMENTS: The school provides evidence that the mission and philosophy statements are the foundation for the school’s goals, programs, policies, and procedures.

Standard 2: Teaching and Learning – Curriculum, Instruction & Monitoring Learner Progress 

2.01    CURRICULUM STANDARDS: LR*  The school has  written curriculum standards that are vertically aligned to ensure every student successfully completes a rigorous  academic program. Subject areas include: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, health, and physical education and other content areas appropriate to the school either as integrated or separate subjects, such as religion, technology, media literacy, and world language. (*MN Statute 120A.22 – Compulsory Instruction)

2.02    CORRELATION WITH MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY: The school’s curriculum standards and instructional strategies flow from the mission and philosophy.

2.03    STANDARDS GUIDE INSTRUCTION: The school demonstrates that standards guide instruction.

2.04    INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES: The school utilizes research-based instructional strategies to accommodate varying learning styles, student needs, and foster active, meaningful engagement in learning.

2.05    MEETING THE DIVERSE NEEDS OF LEARNERS: The school will provide opportunities that engage and motivate each learner to develop his/her abilities and talents.

2.06    SERVICES TO SUPPORT LEARNERS: The school provides the necessary support to ensure that every student successfully completes the academic program.

2.07    EVALUATION OF STANDARDS, INSTRUCTION, AND ASSESSMENT: The school has an established collaborative process for the ongoing evaluation and development of curriculum standards, instructional strategies, assessment practices and instructional resources.

2.08    LITERACY RESOURCES:  The school demonstrates that literacy is essential to learning.

2.09   TECHNOLOGY: The school uses technology to prepare students to be proficient users of technology and support the teaching and learning process.

2.10      PHILOSOPHY OF ASSESSMENT: The school clearly articulates a philosophy of assessment that guides teaching and learning.

2.11    MONITORING ACADEMIC STANDARDS: The school evaluates the extent to which students are meeting the curriculum standards.

2.12    ASSESSMENT DEMONSTRATES ACHIEVEMENT: The school documents student growth and achievement over time using a norm-referenced standardized test and a variety of curriculum-based assessments.

2.13    ASSESSMENT RESULTS EFFECT CHANGE: The faculty uses assessment results to guide curriculum and instructional decisions.

2.14    CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION:  The faculty develops consistent criteria for evaluation and reporting of student work.

2.15    ASSESSMENT RESULTS COMMUNICATED: The school communicates learner progress to students, parents and the broader community.

2.16    TEACHING AND LEARNING COMMUNICATED: The school communicates both the academic and affective dimensions of learning.

Standard 3: Climate for Learning – School Environment & Facilities

3.01    STUDENT BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS: The school communicates expectations for student behavior and enforces a student discipline code that is supportive of the school’s mission and philosophy, and conducive to learning.

3.02    EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: The school has classroom environments that are conducive to learning.

3.03    CONFLICT RESOLUTION: The school communicates and uses a process for resolving conflicts and grievances within the school community.

3.04    ATTENDANCE/TARDINESS: LR* The school has attendance and tardiness policies and procedures that are written, published, communicated and enforced; in addition, the school completes annual enrollment reports as is required by the local public school district and the state, and maintains copies of such reports. (*MN Statute 120A.22 – Compulsory Instruction)

3.05    FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT: The school facilities are safe, sanitary, and routinely maintained to assure effective working order and compliance with legal and code requirements; the school and class enrollments are compatible with the capacity of the facility.

3.06    LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: LR*  The school has written policies and procedures for meeting local, state and federal legal requirements including, but not limited to the following:

K-12 Minnesota Compulsory Instruction Law (*MN Statute 120A.22 – Compulsory Instruction)

Access to Student Records (*As defined by Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act)

Employment Laws and Regulations (*As defined by MN Dept. of Employment & Economic Development)

3.07    HEALTH AND SAFETY: LR*  The school has written policies and procedures that actively address local, state and federal health and safety requirements including, but not limited to the following:

Bullying and Harassment (*MN Statute 121A.03; MN Statute 121A.0695 – Prohibiting Intimidation and Bullying)

Criminal Background Checks (*MN Statute 123B.03 and 122A.18, Subd.8 – Background Check)

Crisis Management Plan and School Safety Drills (*MN Statute 121A.037 – School Safety Drills)

Fire Regulations (*As defined by MN Uniform Fire Codes)

Food Preparation and Service (*As defined by the MN Department of Health – Food Safety Division)

Wellness Policies and Procedures (*As defined by the MN Department of Health – Food Safety Division)

Immunization Requirements (*MN Statute 121A.15 – Immunizations: School Children)

Internet Access for Students (*MN Statute 125B.15 – Internet Access for Students; as defined by Federal Communications Commission)

Right to Know & Biohazard Training (*MN Statute 182.6555 and 182.6558; as defined by MN Occupational Safety & Health Act)

School Bus Safety (if applicable)

Standard 4: Communications and Relationships – Stakeholder Involvement in the School

4.01    ORIENTATION OF NEW MEMBERS: The school provides orientation for new staff, students, families, and volunteers. The orientation includes: school mission and philosophy, roles and responsibilities, school programs, and expectations for learners.

4.02    COMMUNICATION: The school provides effective and regular communication and interaction, both internally and externally, that builds relationships and advances the mission of the school.

4.03    PARENT/GUARDIAN INVOLVEMENT: The school partners with parents or guardians by providing opportunities that enhance the education of their children.

4.04    COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS: The school is involved in the community to promote and advance its mission.

4.05    MARKETING AND ENROLLMENT: The school establishes marketing initiatives to recruit and retain students and foster relationships that advance the school’s mission.

 4.06    ADVANCEMENT: The school establishes development initiatives that advance the school’s mission.

4.07    ANNUAL REPORT TO STAKEHOLDERS: The school annually publishes a state-of-the-school report to stakeholders that communicates progress on strategic initiative, assessment results, and use of financial resources.

Standard 5: Personnel – The Qualifications, Evaluation and Development of the Staff

5.01    ADMINISTRATOR QUALIFICATIONS: The school has a principal/administrator who has Minnesota administrative licensure; or at a minimum has a masters degree in education (curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, or school administration) from an accredited institution.

5.02    ELEMENTARY TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS: The elementary school’s grade level teachers and those teaching math, science, social studies, or language arts have Minnesota teacher licensure; or at a minimum have a baccalaureate degree in education from an accredited institution.

5.03    SECONDARY TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS: The secondary school’s teachers have Minnesota teacher licensure; or at a minimum have a baccalaureate degree in the content area taught from an accredited institution.

5.04    SPECIALIST TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS: The school’s specialists (world language, fine arts, technology, library, physical education, religion, etc.) have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; or at a minimum demonstrate proficiency in the teaching area.

5.05    CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS: LR* The school requires criminal history background checks on individuals who are employed in the school. (*MN Statute 123B.03 and 122A.18 – Background Check)

5.06    CODE OF ETHICS: The school publishes and maintains a professional code of ethics for its employees.

5.07    JOB DESCRIPTIONS: The school provides written job descriptions for all school employees, which include roles, responsibilities, and accountability.

5.08    EVALUATION PROCESS: The school has an evaluation process for all school employees that includes regular and ongoing supervision, annual documented reviews and a clear relationship between evaluation and employment decisions, and when needed, suggested courses of action to improve performance.

5.09    SUPPORTING PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE: The school provides system-wide support and on-going training in curriculum, instruction and assessment strategies that result in high levels of student achievement. The teaching staff and administrators collaborate and are accountable for the implementation of professional development.

5.10    ONGOING DEVELOPMENT OF SUPPORT PERSONNEL:  The school provides opportunities for ongoing education and development for support staff.

5.11    PERSONNEL RECORDS: The school maintains accurate and confidential personnel records and credentials as required by law and as necessary for its effective operations.

Standard 6: Administration, Leadership and Governance – Responsibility for Educational and Organizational Effectiveness of the School 

6.01    ADMINISTRATION: The school has a clearly defined leadership structure that articulates a clear mission and vision, is responsible for the development and oversight of personnel, directs the development and continuous improvement of curriculum and instruction, identifies responsibility for the day-to-day operations, and ensures the operational vitality of the school.

6.02    ADMINISTRATOR EVALUATION: The school has a defined evaluation process for its administrator(s) based on job descriptions.

6.03    GOVERNANCE: The school has a clearly defined governance structure which includes administrator accountability and established written roles and responsibilities for members of the governing authority, advisory committee and other advisory/consultative groups.

6.04    GOVERNANCE DEVELOPMENT:  The school provides formation for governing body through orientation, ongoing development and training, and self-evaluation.

 6.05    SCHOOL POLICIES:  The governing body systematizes the policies of the school’s operations to ensure faithfulness to the mission and continuity through leadership changes.

6.06    FINANCIAL SUSTAINABLITY: The school engages in financial planning process that includes defined revenue sources, delineation of costs, and projections for the future. 

6.07    FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE PROGRAM: The school’s budget supports and sustains the delivery of the educational program by providing for facilities, equipment, resources and technology needs.

6.08    COMPENSATION: The school has a written process for determining employee compensation that is regularly reviewed and communicated.

6.09    EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS: The school has published employee handbooks that articulate current policies and procedures.

6.10    PARENT AND STUDENT HANDBOOKS: The school provides parents and students a school handbook that reflects current policies and procedures.

6.11    ADMISSIONS POLICY: The school defines admissions policies and procedures in accordance with legal, ethical, and professional practices.

6.12    STUDENT RECORDS:  LR* The school maintains student records necessary for the operation of a quality educational program.  (*As defined by Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act and MN Statute 120A.22 Subd.7)

Standard 7: The School Strategic Plan – Strategies and Tools for Improving the School

7.01    DEVELOPMENT OF SCHOOL STRATEGIC PLAN: The school has a systematic, inclusive, and comprehensive process for developing its School Strategic Plan for improvement. This plan identifies measurable, end-result objectives, strategies for achieving the objectives, and time-specific action steps for fulfilling the strategies.

7.02    QUALITY OF PLAN: The school has developed a written School Strategic Plan for improvement in conformity with the Quality Expectations of MNSAA.

7.03    COMMUNICATION OF PLAN: The school has a process for communicating the School Strategic Plan for improvement which includes regular updates on progress to the various stakeholders of the school community.

7.04    EVALUATION OF THE PLAN: The school has a systematic and inclusive process for the review and revision of the strategic plan.

The school strategic plan is a fluid document that is maintained and updated by the Long Range Planning Team.  A link to the most recent version is available below.

http://www.cmcschool.org/editoruploads/files/1_SSP_CentralMinnesotaChristian.docx

Our academic offerings and curriculum is mapped using the K-12 MN standards of education as a guideline.

CMCS also has membership in the following:
  • Minnesota Independent School Forum
  • Christian Schools International
  • Barnabas Foundation
  • MSHSL - Section 3A