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Piedmont Academy earns accreditation

Monticello -- Piedmont Academy is now an accredited member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools.

To earn accreditation from SAIS, Piedmont Academy complied with quality standards, was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school's mission.

The school's mission is to educate, encourage and develop students in a safe, Christian environment where faculty and staff partner with families to guide students into opportunities that build character and prepare them for success.

A team representing SAIS conducted an on-site visit in September to review this school's self-study and standards compliance and its adherence to its mission. The team was comprised of diverse educational leaders from some of the finest institutions in the southeast. The visiting team sought the answers to questions the school asked of itself.

SAIS accredited member schools are part of an international network of accredited schools that have demonstrated success in educating children. As such, SAIS accreditation is recognized throughout the world as a symbol of quality in education for students and teachers.

SAIS accreditation provides schools access to an integrated network of services and technical assistance that supports every school's ability to identify and meet its goals for improving the teaching and learning process and mission-focused outcomes for students.

Founded in 1970 with 198 students, Piedmont Academy now has 294 students enrolled in grades K3 through 12th grade with an average enrollment of 275 students over a span of 43 years. Piedmont Academy offers a classical, college-preparatory education with emphasis on student involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service.

Piedmont has been accredited with "quality" by Georgia Accreditation Commission since its inception.

The school is located at 126 Ga. Highway 212 W. in Monticello. It serves students in Jasper, Newton, Butts, Rockdale, Henry, Morgan, Walton and other surrounding counties.

The school also is a member of the Georgia Independent Association and is Student Exchange Visitor Information System approved.