Northern Susitna Institute earned accreditation as a “Supplementary School” from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, an accreditation division of AdvancED. This recommendation is the result of two years of assessment and documentation by the NSI accreditation committee. NSI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
According to Mary Johnstone, director of AdvancEd Alaska, “A supplementary school is an institution that offers a partial program supporting the educational development of students, but is not intended to culminate in the granting of a degree or the promotion of students from one grade level to another.” This distinction allows NSI to expand the range of educational opportunities for public and home school students and that credit earned through courses such as the internship program and Denali Adventure will be transferable to other high schools throughout the country.
Kate McKelvey, co-director of Classroom With A View, speaks for everybody at NSI when she says, “We are excited about this new opportunity to partner with other schools in providing challenging and enriching educational experiences for young people.”