MSA-CESS accreditation



Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School is a candidate for accreditation through the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). In order to become accredited, TEECS will undergo a two-year-long self-study process that involves surveying stakeholders, analyzing student data and providing evidence and documentation that we have met their 12 standards of excellence. The standards include mission, governance and leadership, school improvement planning, finances, facilities, school organization and staff, health and safety, educational program, assessment and evidence of student learning, student services, student life and activities, and information resources.


What is the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)?

Based in Philadelphia, the Middle States Association is the worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 130 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. With more than 2,500 accredited schools and school systems in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and in over 110 countries, MSA-CESS is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of improving education in the 21st century.


Why does accreditation matter?

Accreditation takes a holistic approach, examining the entire school, with the purpose of continued improvement to attain the best outcomes for its families and staff. Accreditation is affirmation that a school provides a quality education that has been verified and endorsed by the education community.


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