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June 12, 2013

Andover High gets reaccreditation

ANDOVER — Andover High School has been given marks and continued accreditation, but a short list of items to rectify has officials rolling up their sleeves and eager to get to work.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges voted in April to continue accreditation at Andover High School, according to a letter sent to school officials June 7.

In the letter, NEASC highlighted 23 commendations, which school Principal Chris Lord said is “definitely something to celebrate.”

“They usually recognize eight or 10 of these things in these letters,” he said. “I was really blown away to see so many.”

Along with the commendations, there are also 15 recommendations that highlight areas the school needs to improve upon within the next year, the letter reads.

The first six items on the list must be in progress by Feb. 1, 2014, while the other nine must be moving forward towards remedy by Oct. 1, 2014.

:HIGH PRAISE: Community, collaboration are strengths

Among the 23 commendations at the school, NEASC officials highlighted many aspects of the high school and its relationship with the greater Andover Public Schools community, at one point celebrating “the collaborative working relationship between the superintendent, school committee, and the principal.”

The report also highlights “the extension of the responsibility of some program advisor positions to grades 6-12 or K-12 in order to improve vertical articulation” of school programming.

With that, students move through the full system as if progress through elementary school directly correlates to high school preparedness, according to Superintendent Marinel McGrath.

:NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Student pride, library could use work

While the report sings the school’s praises, there are areas that need improvement by midway through next school year.

The school’s library and media center are mentioned frequently throughout the report, with an immediate concern calling for officials to “ensure the library is available for students before, during, and after school.”

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