On January 28-31, 2018, School District earned system-wide accreditation by undergoing a rigorous process with Cognia, formerly known as AdvancED. The accrediting agency, Cognia, is a non-profit, non-partisan, international organization that conducts on-site system reviews of Pre-K through Grade 12 schools and school systems to help educators and their communities share innovative approaches to improve learning, teaching, and leading.

The District has continued its standing as a “fully accredited district” for the last five years. The 2018 results and full report provides powerful, aligned, and proven pathways for addressing challenges which were shared with district and school leaders, teachers, and all stakeholders. Click here to access FY18 AdvancED District Accreditation.

The accreditation process requires participating systems to undergo a strenuous undertaking which probes the entire system from policies to learning conditions, leadership, resources, and cultural context to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of every learner receiving services from the system. It ensures accountability for all and enhances the growth mindset for the system. The Accreditation acknowledges and recognizes an alignment of overall continuous improvement for a system of schools.

Prior to full system accreditation in 2008, schools were individually accredited. Palm Beach County schools maintain this honor, and is the 10th largest, fully accredited, school district in the Nation. In January of 2018 we hosted a 36 member accreditation team that consisted of various representatives with educational backgrounds from across the country.

The team’s extensive review of our system consisted of a 4-day visit starting from Sunday night through Wednesday afternoon. Over 600 staff members, administrators, teachers, parents, and business partners participated in the accreditation process. Palm Beach County was awarded another 5 years of accreditation. The District will go through the five year accreditation process again in January 2023.

Questions about District Accreditation may be directed to Dr. Cheryl McKeever, Director of Assessment, 561-434-8850 or Dr. Adam Miller, Assistant Superintendent, Performance Accountability, at 561-434-8851.

Accreditation: The pursuit of excellence - 2018 Final AdvancED Engagement Review Report

Accreditation’s Impact on Stakeholders

For Students

  • Educational opportunities ensure a continuous improvement mindset is committed to raising overall student achievement.
  •  Students receiving services from an accredited institution have greater access to federal loans, scholarships, post-secondary education, and military programs that require students to attend accredited institutions

For Parents

The accreditation process ensures parents that systems are implementing practices to better serve all students for the future?

For Teachers/Staff

The accreditation process holds teachers and staff accountable for overall improvement, and for having a positive growth mindset for the organization and their individual classrooms.

For Communities and Businesses

Accreditation process highlights strengths of the system and allows an active voice from local businesses and communities. Accreditation is the launchpad to expand community input for economic growth and business expansion for minority and large businesses.

Palm Beach County will continue to strive for academic excellence towards school improvement by continuing to maintain our A-Rated status. It’s Palm Beach County’s Time to Shine!

Leadership’s perception of the Accreditation process:

Mr. Michael Burke, Superintendent, "Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope & dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."- John F. Kennedy

Dr. Glenda Sheffield, Chief Academic Officer, "Education is the first step for people to gain the knowledge, critical thinking, empowerment and skills they need to make this world a better place."- Nelson Mandela

Dr. Adam Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Performance Accountability, "Accreditation’s excellence is achieved through an ongoing process of learning and improvement."- Kathy Roberts

The School District of Palm Beach County