Chatham Academy Earns SAIS-SACS Accreditation


Chatham Academy, a school dedicated to meeting the educational needs of students with learning differences, has completed the process to continue its status as an accredited member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

To earn accreditation from SAIS and SACS, Chatham Academy 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.

Chatham Academy completed the self-study process and peer review visit which must be repeated every five years for continued accreditation.

In today’s world of accountability in schooling, accreditation serves as a critical component of a school’s demonstrated effectiveness and ability to provide successful schooling for children.

A school that is able to achieve accreditation demonstrates a commitment to a process that requires the school to meet a set of rigorous, research-based standards; to engage in a program of continuous school improvement; and to demonstrate quality assurance to its stakeholders through self-evaluation and peer review. SAIS-SACS accreditation provides schools access to an integrated network of services that supports every school’s ability to identify and meet its goals for improving student performance and the teaching and learning process.

“We are very proud of our achievement of successfully maintaining SACS accreditation after this 5- year re-evaluation process and feel that this enhances our school. We have thoughtfully examined our curriculum and teaching methods to be positive they match our students’ needs,” says Carolyn Hannaford, Principal of Chatham Academy.

Established in 1895, SACS is a non-governmental, voluntary organization that accredits more than 13,000 public and non-public institutions from earlychildhood to university.

Founded in 1978, Chatham Academy is an independent school with 90 students. Chatham Academy’s philosophy holds that a student’s selfconcept, attitude and past experiences affect the daily learning process of that child. Teaching academic skills for grades 1-12, appropriate daily behavior and social skills are an important part of the curriculum. Teachers use a variety of languagebased and multi-sensory teaching methods to make learning accessible to every child. Chatham Academy has classrooms, teaching techniques and curriculum that allow each child to experience academic and social success. Students are grouped in classes by age and skill level, allowing the teacher to provide direct instruction.

A variety of modalities and teaching methods are used to provide for academic success. The school is located at 4 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd in Savannah. To find out more about Chatham Academy, visit www.chathamacademy. com.

For more information about Chatham Academy, contact Carolyn Hannaford, 912-354-4047


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