FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Leah Lamb
Phone: 202.797.8950 ext 1005
MAYA ANGELOU SCHOOLS RECEIVE CONTINUING ACCREDITATION FROM THE MIDDLE STATES ASSOCIATION
WASHINGTON, DC (Wednesday, October 20, 2021) — The Middle States Association (MSA) Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools has awarded continuing accreditation to the Maya Angelou Schools. The northeast DC-based charter school network comprises three educational programs that include Maya Angelou Public Charter High School, Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center, and the Maya Angelou Academy at the New Beginnings Youth Detention Center.
“It is a major undertaking to go through re-accreditation for one school. We went through this intensive process for all three of our schools within a twelve-month period during a worldwide pandemic. I am so proud that the work that we do – the collective efforts of our school leaders, staff, students, and parents – continues to be validated through MSA”, said Dr. Clarisse Mendoza Davis, Chief Executive Officer of the Maya Angelou Schools and See Forever Foundation.
The network underwent a rigorous review process conducted by MSA commissioners beginning in early 2020 for the Maya Angelou Academy and completing the process for the Maya Angelou Public Charter School and the Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center in early 2021. The MSA reviewers measured academics, student engagement, and operations focused on research-based school effectiveness and improvement standards. Reviewers noted that each school network exceeded the standards and expectations since the prior review process in 2013. Chief of Schools, Azalia Speight noted, “The visiting team was extremely impressed with the consistency of services and support that students receive. They commended teachers for their relentless efforts to provide quality instruction and they praised support staff for building strong relationships and providing strong interventions.”
For more information about the Maya Angelou Schools re-accreditation status and organizational updates, visit the website at www.seeforever.org and contact Leah Lamb, Chief Institutional Advancement Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary schools, visit https://www.msa-cess.org
About Maya Angelou Schools and See Forever Foundation
The mission of the Maya Angelou Schools and See Forever Foundation is to create learning communities in lower-income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can succeed academically and socially. Maya Angelou Schools has served opportunity youth in the District of Columbia for close to 25 years. At Maya Angelou, a network of alternative schools, our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change. Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Young Adult Learning Center and Maya Angelou Academy at the New Beginnings Youth Development Center provide a comprehensive education in a non-traditional setting to all students including those who have not been successful in traditional educational settings. We achieve this through a demanding academic program, socio-emotional learning support, and tiered interventions that focus on the whole child. Our students leave us with a foundation to be successful in their educational and career pursuits.
For more information about the Maya Angelou Schools and See Forever Foundation, visit our website at www.seeforever.org.