LONDONDERRY — The high school is undergoing the process to gauge how well it's doing and how it wants to be moving forward.

A newly designed re-accreditation process is underway with the school community, through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, or NEASC.

The accreditation process takes place once every 10 years.

At a recent school board meeting, Londonderry High Principal Jason Parent and other educators presented information on the accreditation timeline and what the new program design would need from the school district as per the high school's performance, teaching philosophy and other standards.

Parent said the high school has hosted four decades of visits from NEASC, with the newest accreditation set to move toward finalization with NEASC's Decennial accreditation visit in the fall of 2021.

Up until that point, Parent said there will be NEASC visits to the high school this fall, to help assist in the development of the school's growth plan. The final visit in 2021 will be to observe teaching and learning throughout the school and assess progress toward goals set by the school community.

The program's five updated standards for accreditation are learning culture, student learning, professional practices, learning support and learning resources.

The high school process began in earnest last fall when teams were built to work on "self-reflection" and what the school and its staff and students hope to be, and what major strengths are.

The faculty is highly engaged in the process, officials said, taking part in steering and self-reflection committees.

High school teacher Steve Juster told the board the process is putting down more focused aspects of the high school, what's working well, what's not, and how to move forward.

"It's looking very focused at your own school," Juster said. "This is who our school is."

NEASC also suggests a school look at more focused areas in the next few years, working on a growth plan and then making sure things are "tweaked" if needed prior to implementation of the plan.

The emphasis on the NEASC process is more focused on a self-initiated reflection/growth plan rather than just providing a "report card" of recommendations or commendations for a high school to follow. It's a road to helping a school achieve its growth plan while understanding and reflecting on what's being done and what could be streamlined.

Juster said it's also a collaborative effort among many committees in the school, working hard to get the accreditation data and information in place.

"We are all in this," Juster said. "We have NEASC in the blood."

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