Morning Son seeks accreditationPublished 11:33am Thursday, April 4, 2013
Morning Son Christian School has been approved as a candidate school for accreditation with the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association, and principal Tessa Martinson says the school is ready to make it happen.
“It really talks to the high quality education and ministry Morning Son provides for the community,” said Martinson. “We have a veteran staff of teachers here and they know the hard work that goes into this.”
The accreditation focuses on eight standards of the school’s mission and philosophy, curriculum and instruction, learner performance, school climate and facilities, community relations, personnel leadership and governance and the school strategic plan. With the process driven by hours of self-study, the school will develop a strategic plan for development and improvement as its final phase before accreditation. Martinson said the process takes about 18 to 24 months to complete, and Morning Son expects to know the results by October 2014.
For Martinson, the opportunity comes as a chance to evaluate and improve some of the policies and standards Morning Son has had since it’s beginning.
“I think it’s exciting to see some of the things that have been part of Morning Son for the 29 years of its existence being looked at and polished up,” said Martinson. “It is a big project and one that is not easily woven into the normal day for our faculty here.”
While some changes and improvements will be made to the school and its curriculum, Martinson said parents of students at Morning Son will not have to worry about their children losing the faith based education that separates the school from other public ones in the area.
“It tells parents we strive to provide that quality education, but from a Christian perspective,” said Martinson. “One of the greatest things we talk about as a staff is that we integrate education and faith to our students so they can go on and integrate that faith into life.”
Martinson, who is in her first year as principal of Morning Son, also said that the self evaluation required with accreditation is a good philosophy for a school to have because it makes the school examine and make improvements as needed. Not only does it keep standards and performance high, but allows for educators to continue forward their approach in the classroom.
“I think it’s just good practice to be reflective on why we’re doing what we’re doing,” said Martinson.
The school is hopeful it will be accredited in October, and Martinson is confident of their process and the abilities of their staff will make the coming evaluation a success. But no matter what happens, Martinson said the coming together of teachers, students, faculty and parents, all from 15 different congregations in the area, highlights what makes Morning Son so special.
“We talk of ourselves as the Morning Son family,” said Martinson. “That’s our staff and students, but it includes families, churches and the community.”