BELL BUCKLE, Tenn. -- The Webb School has earned dual accreditation from the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Webb was the first secondary school to be admitted to membership in SACS, an organization that was founded in 1895.
"Reaccreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators," said Ray Broadhead, Webb head of school. "We sought dual accreditation this year as SAIS tailors its standards to independent schools. I thank all of our stakeholders (trustees, faculty, alumni, parents, and students) for their participation in this process. Special thanks go to Latin teacher Kelly Northrup, who served as our reaccreditation coordinator.
An independent college preparatory day/boarding school for grades 6-12, The Webb School is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind in the South. The school has a dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development.
To earn dual accreditation from SAIS/AdvancED, Webb complied with quality standards, was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals, and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school's mission.
A team representing SAIS conducted an onsite visit to review this school's self-study and standards compliance and its adherence to its mission. The team was comprised of diverse educational leaders from institutions in the Southeast. The visiting team sought the answers to critical questions the school asked of itself.
Among numerous commendations, the visiting team commended Webb for:
* Living out the traditions and the history of the school and promoting the principles of honor, community, academic rigor and discipline, perseverance, and integrity and courtesy, hallmarks of the Webb experience, in all aspects of school life.
* Creating a nurturing, family-like environment for students and faculty.
* Instilling the values of integrity, trust, and respect in all constituencies.
For more information about The Webb School, visit www.thewebbschool.com.