Appling County School System received notification that all schools in the district had been “Accredited with Quality” from the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC). Altamaha Elementary, Appling Elementary, Appling Primary, Fourth District, Appling Middle School and Appling High School were all recognized by the Board of Education and Superintendent Scarlett Copeland on October 17, for this outstanding honor.
In order to be recognized by the Georgia Accrediting Commission, schools must meet the established standards that promote instruction that is high quality for children in Georgia. GAC provides an accreditation process designed to establish and uphold standards, to strengthen the quality of education in each school, and to assure its membership and the general public that the established standards are related to the best educational practices.
GAC also determines the accreditation status of the educational program of each school and publishes an annual list of schools with accredited programs. The GAC Executive Director issues certificates for those schools and agencies Provisionally Accredited, Accredited Annually, Accredited, Accredited Fully and Accredited With Quality.
The GAC, an independent agency, is governed by a board of elected educators who have an interest in education in Georgia. Membership of the governing board represents teachers, instructional supervisors, school administrators, Regional Educational Service Agency personnel, Georgia Department of Education personnel, and college personnel who are responsible for the preparation of teachers and other professional educators.