Connecticut River Academy Receives NEASC Accreditation
Meeting rigorous standards speaks to high-quality education
East Hartford, CT — In April 2019, the Connecticut River Academy (CTRA) received notice that it had been granted accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization that serves more than 1,500 public, independent, and international schools in the US and worldwide. CTRA is a sustainability-themed magnet high school on the campus of Goodwin College, focusing on environmental science and advanced manufacturing.
NEASC member schools are required to undertake a self-study every 10 years in preparation for a decennial visit. The self-study examines in detail how closely a school aligns with each of NEASC’s Standards for Accreditation. These conclusions provide guidance for strengthening and supporting the school’s on-going efforts to improve its practices for teaching and learning. A visiting team’s conclusions ultimately provide the Commission on Public Secondary Schools with information that will affect the school’s continued accredited status.
In the letter of notification, NEASC president and CEO Cameron C. Staples wrote, “A successful self-study and team visit require the efforts of many individuals. Accreditation signifies that ‘peers’ have made a favorable judgement about the quality of education available at your school. The achievement is special and the officers of the Association wish to recognize and congratulate you on your success.”
CTRA’s accreditation was recognized at an awards ceremony in Burlington, Massachusetts, on December 5.
“Being present to celebrate Connecticut River Academy’s NEASC accreditation serves as an official validation of the pride we already take in the innovative work we do,” commented CTRA’s principal, Tara Amatrudo. “Learning that we are actually the only US secondary school to earn our initial accreditation from NEASC this year makes it feel that much more special. I believe that meeting NEASC’s rigorous standards for accreditation is one more way for us to let our families know that their children are receiving the high-quality education they deserve.”
CTRA’s curriculum challenges students to reach their full academic potential through hands-on learning and discovery. Of particular note is CTRA’s inclusion in the Early College Advanced Manufacturing Program (ECAMP™). High school students experience a rigorous collegiate academic program, earning up to 37 college credits. The skills acquired can be applied to a variety of in-demand careers, and the credits can be transferred to other college degree programs, including Goodwin’s bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Management.
“Through ECAMP, CTRA offers high school students a jump start on identifying potential careers, acquiring real-world skills outlined by state employers, and experiencing the discipline of college-level studies,” said Craig Drezek, Superintendent of Goodwin College Magnet Schools and Educational Partnerships.
Goodwin University is a nonprofit institution of higher education and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Goodwin University was founded in 1999, with the goal of serving a diverse student population with career-focused degree programs that lead to strong employment outcomes.