San Marcos Baptist Academy was recognized for maintaining 100 years of continuous accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
SMBA is one of only three schools in Texas which have achieved this milestone.
The centenary was celebrated at an April 12 meeting of the academy's board of directors. During the meeting, Dr. Gary L. Short, state committee representative for SACS, presented a plaque and wall banner to academy President John Garrison.
SACS CASI, an accrediting division for AdvancED, assists schools and school systems through the accreditation process and helps those institutions demonstrate a continuous commitment to providing quality education programs that are aimed at improving student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet AdvancED's high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement.
“We are proud of our tradition of accreditation,” Garrison said. “It demonstrates to parents and our community that we are dedicated to providing students with a quality education and that we are open to external scrutiny. It assures them that we are focused on improving learning for all students.”
Dr. Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, commended the school. “Achieving 100 years of continuous accreditation is an exceptional accomplishment,” he said. “The staff and school community at San Marcos Baptist Academy deserve our highest praise for their ongoing pursuit of quality and excellence.”
Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at www.advanc-ed.org .
Founded in 1907, SMBA is a private, Christian college preparatory school for grades 7-12.