The Union Recorder

Local News

December 19, 2013

JMA earns SAIS accreditation status


John Milledge Academy has continued to strive for student excellence for the past 42 years while looking for ways to move the school forward. JMA recently completed the necessary steps to officially become a SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools) accredited member school.

“We’re always in the pursuit of excellence. We’re very proud to have JMA step up to the plate,” said Mark Hopkins, JMA’s head of school. “The SAIS accreditation will keep us moving forward.”

JMA has been accredited by GAC (Georgia Accrediting Commission) since 1971. When Hopkins came on board as the head of school in 2010, he immediately kicked off plans and initiatives to earn the regional accreditation status by SAIS.

“This is the newest feather in our cap to be regionally accredited by SAIS, which is in 44 states,” he said. “We were judged by the same standards that every school goes through the process to get accredited. We passed with flying colors.”

To earn accreditation from SAIS, JMA complied with quality standards, was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals, and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school’s mission.

“It was great for the school to look really hard at itself through the outside and inside. I’m just super excited about it. It puts us on the same playing field as everybody else,” Hopkins said. “The process was time consuming and it took us a good three years to get here, but it was well worth the effort.”

In October, an SAIS team conducted an on-site visit to review the school’s self-study, standards compliance and adherence to its mission. The team was comprised of diverse educational leaders from throughout the southeast. JMA received word last week that the school officially became an accredited member of SAIS.

Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years