Atlantic Caribbean Union

Maranatha Academy Undergoes Accreditation Visit

By: Lynn Smith/ACUM

Maranatha Academy was host to a very special group of people on its campus from October 9 – 11, 2012. The group was there to ascertain the quality of the educational system and to analyze the school’s readiness to have its accreditation status extended.
Coming from the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) was the associate director of education, Dr. Faye Patterson. Dr. Patterson also represents the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) – the denominational accrediting authority for all educational programs and institutions owned by the Seventh-day Adventist church. Dr. Cheryl Rolle, education director for the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ACUM), and Mrs. Lynn Smith, education director for the Turks & Caicos Islands Mission of Seventh-day Adventists (TCIM), were also a part of the term. Local persons appointed by the school board to be a part of the team were Mrs. Maria Clare, educator; Ms. Simone Gilkes, accountant; and Ms. Philomene Ewing, parent.

One of the highlights of the visit was the training session conducted by Dr. Patterson for the purpose of having each member certified to conduct accreditation visits at any SDA institution within the Division. On the final two days, the team interviewed parents, teachers, and students and analyzed a self-study document prepared by the school.

Some of the areas analyzed by the team were spiritual master plan; philosophy, goals, and school mission; organization and administration; finance; programs of study; witnessing and student activities; library services; and school facilities and physical plant.

On the final day of the visit, the team met with the chairman of the school board, the treasurer of TCIM, school board members, and the administration and staff of Maranatha Academy to discuss its findings. Dr. Patterson informed the group that the official status of the school will be discussed at the AAA meeting at division headquarters when it meets in a few months.