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Accreditation

The Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools granted Thurgood Marshall Academy full accreditation in 2008.

Full accreditation provides a clear declaration of the strength of our school program and opens up new and exciting opportunities for our students. Specifically, our students’ college applications are strengthened by the school’s status as an accredited institution, students have access to a greater pool of financial aid resources, and students will be able to participate in a wider variety of competitive pre-college summer programs.

Following accreditation, Thurgood Marshall Academy created three Implementation Teams to oversee the execution of the school’s nine accreditation action plans. Established in the summer of 2008, these Implementation Teams meet to ensure the development and execution of the nine accreditation action plans, covering College Preparation, Academics, and Law and Community Service. The Implementation Teams are responsible for overseeing the expansion of the summer opportunities programs, providing focused professional development for faculty and staff on law-related activities, and revising the portfolio process.

Thurgood Marshall Academy successfully completed its Mid-Term Review in 2010 and is meeting all the goals of the twelve standards articulated by the Middle States Association. The review process also included a measurement of the progress the school has made in two broad objectives: 1. to prepare students to succeed in college, and 2. to actively engage in our democratic society.

Objective 1 is measured by:

SAT :75% of students scoring 800 or better on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) (this excludes the writing section); 25% of students scoring 1000 or better on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) (this excludes the writing section)

Pre-College Programming :25% of graduating seniors having participated in a non-mandatory college admissions preparatory program while enrolled at Thurgood Marshall Academy ; 10% of graduating seniors having participated in a competitive pre-college summer program while enrolled at Thurgood Marshall Academy

College Enrollment :85% of graduating seniors having enrolled in college within one year of graduating from high school

Advanced Placement :25% of graduating seniors having successfully completed an Advanced Placement (AP) course while enrolled at Thurgood Marshall Academy

Technology Skills :90% of graduating seniors being proficient in the use of technology as demonstrated by meeting or exceeding expectations on the Technology Skills Assessment

Independent Research Paper :90% of graduating seniors meeting or exceeding expectations on the Independent Research Paper

Objective 2 is measured by:

Portfolio :75% of lower-grade (9th and 10th grade) students receiving a passing grade on their spring portfolio
90% of upper-grade (11th and 12th grade) students receiving a passing grade on their spring portfolio

Law :95% of all students participating in law-related activities

Community Service :75% of graduating seniors having completed 50% or more of their mandatory community service hours at the same service site

Thurgood Marshall Academy’s official review process will be complete and ready for renewal in 2015.