This recognition means that our school has gone through extensive assessments by the Illinois State Board of Education to show we are meeting all the standards compelled of public schools in the state in terms of the quality of education the students are receiving along with the personnel and facilities meeting a standard set by the state. It also means that our students have an easier time being admitted into other schools when they leave our programs.
Department of Child and Family Services has licensed our Toddler Program and we adhere to their strict guidelines in all aspects of programming for our youngest students.
This is a voluntary process that takes several years to complete. While we are meeting state standards, now we are also meeting standards which keeps us accountable to a larger organization. Through accreditation “every aspect of the school is examined and documented, including governance, curriculum, fiscal and personnel policies, facilities, health and safety practices, teacher preparation and learner outcomes.”(Because AMS is accredited by the National Council for Private School Accreditation, schools gain accreditation by the NCPSA.)
The Gold Circle of Quality programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, and all program administrative standards; group size and staff/child ratios; staff qualifications; and professional development. Through ExceleRate we have access to training resources and consultants.