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STREETSCHOOLS REACH ACCREDITATION MILESTONE

Official approval action of this recommendation will take place in June by the CITA/AdvancEd Board. According to Mr. Goble, “I am thrilled to see The Tulsa Hope Academy unconditionally meet the CITA/AdvancEd Quality Standards. They are doing a tremendous job at Tulsa Hope, and are rapidly becoming one of our most innovative and effective schools.”

For Tulsa Hope Academy Founder, Deb McCullough, “Accreditation means greatly increased opportunities for our students, from transferring credits to another high school to opening doors for admission to postsecondary schools. It also brings recognition to the community that we are providing quality education to students who are often denied the benefits of a quality, student-centered education”.

During the 2006-2007 school year, ten schools entered the accreditation candidate phase with the StreetSchool Network™. Eight of those schools became accredited in 2007 and 2008. Hunting Park Christian Academy in Philadelphia, along with Tulsa Hope Academy, is waiting for official approval of their recommendation for accreditation this year. The other accredited member schools are: The Denver Street School, Denver, CO,; The Potter’s House, Grand Rapids, MI; Lighthouse Academy, Grand Rapids, MI; Forest Park Street School, Atlanta, GA; Omaha Street School, Omaha, NE; Brinkley Heights Urban Academy, Memphis, TN; Bridgemont High School and Junior High, San Francisco, CA, and Cornerstone Academy, Chicago, IL.

The StreetSchool Network™ began working as an accredited sponsoring corporation with CITA in 2006, to determine readiness and coach its member schools through the accreditation process as a means to ensure model adoption and school quality. For member schools, the candidacy period for accreditation typically ranges from 1-3 years in length. Meeting numerous readiness assessments and hosting a site visit are required to qualify to as a candidate.

“Our schools are unique in that we seek out and serve students that have experienced educational failure, or are students who academically vulnerable. Our network of schools has had great results in demonstrating the effectiveness of our model in helping these students become successful and have hope for the future.” said Goble.

AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Commission on International and TransRegional Accreditation (CITA). AdvancED creates the world's largest education community, representing 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide and educating 15 million students. NCA CASI, SACS CASI and CITA schools share a unified, clear and powerful accreditation process designed to help schools continuously improve.

The StreetSchool Network works nationwide to meet the needs of youth at-risk by developing a network of schools that provide personalized education, a moral code and tools for self-sufficiency. With 44 member and friend schools, students who are struggling to find educational and personal success are being helped in 27 cities across the United States. For more on the StreetSchool Network visit: www.streetschoolnetwork.org