Loften earns high praise in accreditation review

In this March 19, 2013 file photo, Juliette Smith, 18, a senior in the Loften High School Academy of Fire Emergency Medical Services, jumps while trying to tighten her belt before a training exercise at the school. Loten has passed its accreditation review with flying colors.

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Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.

The Professional Academies Magnet at Loften High passed its accreditation review with flying colors.

Every school must undergo accreditation review every five years. Evaluators visited PAM at Loften in March, Principal Bill McElroy said.

The team spent two days interviewing students, parents and teachers and sitting in on classes.

The practice is standard, but what was especially pleasant about the accreditation report this year, McElroy said, is that the school earned the commendation of having a “powerful practice,” which is higher praise than the standard commendation.

A letter from the accreditation team stated the teachers and administration had taken the school to “unforeseen” levels of success.

“That’s our mission,” McElroy said. “That really made us feel good.”

PAM at Loften will be fully accredited, again, through 2019.

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