University Charter School achieves accreditation

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Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 6:12 PM CDT
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LIVINGSTON, Ala. (WTOK) - University Charter School announced Thursday that it has earned accreditation by Cognia™, a nonprofit organization that offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning and improvement services to institutions and other education providers.

“School accreditation as conferred by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission provides a nationally recognized mark of quality for our school and our students’ educational experience,” said Dr. JJ Wedgworth, UCS Head of School.  “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.” 

“University Charter School has made tremendous strides in providing educational opportunities for students in the local communities it serves,” said UWA President Ken Tucker. “Its presence in our community and on our campus transcends typical age gaps of different levels of education, making UWA the first institution in the state to serve students from the age of six weeks old at UWA Campus School, then through preschool, elementary, middle and soon high school, then undergraduate and graduate degrees and doctoral programs. University Charter School’s enrollment and major accomplishments like this validate UWA’s initiatives to spearhead its establishment.”

UCS was founded in 2018 as a Pre-K through 8th grade school to help fulfill the mission of the University of West Alabama in meeting the educational needs of the region that it serves. It has added an additional grade level each year to ultimately serve students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade by 2022.

To earn Cognia accreditation, UCS says a school district must implement a continuous process of improvement, and submit to internal and external review.  Schools in good standing can maintain their accreditation for a five-year term.

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