Anthony Middle School Receives New Accreditation

Kansas State Board of Education chairman I.B. "Sonny" Rundell announced that Susan B. Anthony Middle School has earned accreditation under the state board’s continuous improvement system.

Anthony Middle School successfully completed this cycle of Quality Performance Accreditation. The state board took action at its September meeting in Topeka to officially grant Anthony Middle School a five-year accreditation status.

"Continually achieving accreditation status under the state’s school improvement system is a feat worthy of respect and recognition," Rundell said. "Only schools that are actively engaging students in the learning process on a consistent basis are able to accomplish accredited status under Quality Performance Accreditation."

Earning accreditation by the state board of education includes a site visit to the school by state and local education officials to review progress in the areas targeted for improvement in each school’s locally-developed improvement plan. The education officials on the visiting team submit a report to the state board of education along with a recommendation regarding accreditation status. Later, the state board reviews the recommendation for action.

"In Kansas, the bar is set very high for our schools," Rundell said. "Susan B. Anthony Middle School has shown that when we expect the best from our schools, our schools will meet the challenge."

Anthony Middle School implemented a variety of school improvement strategies that enabled the school to earn accreditation status. State education officials highlighted a number of the school’s strengths including staff commitment to student improvement, and assessments and interventions.

Anthony Middle School will begin the next cycle of Quality Performance Accreditation by continuing to implement its school improvement plan.