“Achieving ISACS Accreditation is such an important step for us,” said Linda P. Foster, CEO/Head of School. “It is an invaluable confirmation and indicator of our educational excellence. This Accreditation reinforces our commitment to ongoing improvement and strategic planning.”
The Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) is a membership organization of more than 230 independent schools from 13 states of the Midwest region. The purpose of ISACS is to promote the development of strong learning communities characterized by high achievements, social responsibility, and independence of governance, programs and policies. This goal is achieved through a rigorous accreditation process, targeted professional development programs, and focused support services.
Through the forward-thinking leadership of Foster and the Board of Directors, Solomon Schechter will continue to evolve, and focus on developing students as learners whose passion and drive enables them to create a true impact on the future. “We are not just a Jewish school that teaches general studies,” added Foster. “We are an independent day school where our unique combination of General and Judaic Studies imparts a deeply-rooted values system enabling critical thinkers to thrive.”
The Accreditation Process, which began in 2013, was led by Danielle Gershon, a Schechter math teacher, and Dave Moeckler, Chief Operating Officer, and involved participation from Solomon Schechter Day School Administration, as well as every faculty and staff member of the Sager Solomon Schechter Day School (K-8) and Ginsburg Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Center (ECC) in creating a comprehensive self-assessment report.
“Collaborating with my colleagues during this process to showcase the exemplary dual curriculum we deliver, while exploring impactful ways to further student learning has been meaningful and rewarding. Having that work recognized on a national level, is tremendously validating.” said Gershon.
“We are extremely proud of what our faculty and staff have accomplished,” said Moeckler. “A Schechter education is not only on par with any independent school, it excels in integrating Jewish identity and core values into our students’ lives.”
The accreditation, which lasts for seven years, includes compliance with the ISACS standards for membership; full and complete disclosure of a school’s mission, philosophy, program, qualifications of its professional staff, procedures, and services, and congruence between the school’s stated mission and its actual program and services; and completion of the ISACS school improvement process, including self-study and external review of strengths, challenges and plans and priorities in all areas of the school.
“We look forward to integrating what we’ve learned from the ISACS Accreditation process into our strategic planning initiatives,” said Ethan A. Budin, Board President. “It’s an exciting time for our school, and the Board of Directors is proud that Solomon Schechter has achieved such a significant recognition.”