Waterville Valley Academy (WVA), a snowsports academy for students in grades 6-12, has received full accreditation status through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
This recognition comes after two years of rigorous self-study involving the review of WVA’s curriculum, policies and procedures, facilities and institutional resources; which was followed by an on-site peer review conducted by a committee made up of faculty and staff from other NEASC accredited schools.
NEASC is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 2,000 public and independent institutions of learning in New England plus International Schools in more than 65 nations worldwide. A globally recognized standard of excellence, NEASC Accreditation attests to a school’s high quality and integrity. According to Tucker Barnaby, WVA’s Head of Academics and School Life, “Being fully accredited adds credibility to our already strong academic reputation.”
Peter Stokloza, CEO and Head of School, commented, “Our community of students, teachers, coaches and administrators could not be more pleased with receiving NEASC accreditation this week. It is a validation of all the good work and people we have at our school and in our community. WVA’s accreditation will give sending schools, prospective colleges and universities and students, confidence that we are fully in-line with the high standards and rigor expected of all NEASC accredited schools and colleges.”
WVA was founded in 1972 and operated as a five-month winter sports academy until 2013 when the Pinnacle Program, a ten-month, four-year high school for committed student-athletes, was created. The addition of this program to WVA’s already extensive academic offerings, led the Academy to seek accreditation by NEASC.