Cotting School Representatives holding their award accreditated by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) on December 3, 2009.

Left to right: David W. Manzo, President of Cotting School; Sister Elizabeth McAuliffe, President, St. Mary Academy-Bay View and NEASC team member; Krista Macari, Chief Academic Officer of Cotting School; Ann Buckley, Curriculum Specialist of Cotting School; Bridget Irish, Chief Operating Officer of Cotting School, and Daniel Fogel, President of the University of Vermont and of NEASC.

Cotting School is pleased to announce it was awarded accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) on December 3, 2009. Cotting School continues to hold full approval status from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Cotting pursued accreditation from NEASC as part of its ongoing commitment to excellence. NEASC is the oldest of the six accrediting agencies in the United States. It has awarded accreditation to educational institutions in the six New England states, as well as in 60 nations that seek voluntary affiliation, since its inception in 1885.

The entire Cotting School community (staff, students, parents and trustees) participated in a year-long self-study that required thorough review of 12 areas of our program. From October 25 to 28, 2009, a nine-member NEASC Visiting Committee of highly-skilled educators, clinicians and administrators from across the United States conducted an intensive evaluation of Cotting School.

The NEASC Visiting Committee commended Cotting School for consistently striving to design programs, policies and practices to fulfill its mission and for meeting the diverse medical, physical and educational needs of its students.

In addition, the Visiting Committee concurred with Cotting’s two key self-study recommendations: the continuation of our refinement of the measurement of educational progress for students with complex special needs and the enhancement of our transitional and vocational education curriculum.

Through the NEASC process, Cotting School received enough commendations to make us smile ear to ear and enough helpful recommendations to create a strategic road map in our continuous commitment to “whole school improvement.” We are proud to join the NEASC community of schools.
See the letter from NEASC President Dan Fogel here.

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