We don’t see much good news coming out of the Chester-Upland School District. In fact, we hardly see any news. I guess no news is good news around here.

Today I stumbled on a good news story that almost made me giddy. For as long as I’ve been doing this community journalism thing, I have never seen the Pennsylvania Department of Education conduct an audit on anything related to our school district that received STRAIGHT A’s

Camelot Education’s Achieve Academy was recently commended by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as exceeding all requirements during a periodic audit of Pennsylvania’s Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) program. Of the ten categories, the school received an exemplary report on all of them, notably, with no areas for improvement identified.

Here’s what the audit had to say…

The audit which took place in Q4 of 2018 cited high commendations that include:

  • The comradery among staff, indicating strong teams that have an emphasis on building positive and highly involved relationships between teachers and student;
  • A high level of communications with parents;
  • The regularity of group counseling and administration of the Behavior Intervention Monitoring Assessment System (BIMAS) with results incorporated into group counseling sessions;
  • Formal quarterly reviews offered more frequently than the required once per semester;
  • A wide range of supplemental, wrap-around services provided for the students, including mentoring, community engagement, tutoring, internship program, post-graduation transition plan assistance, family support services, and mental health counseling;
  • Praise for the program referrals and the collaboration among the district and program staff to take a restorative approach to student behavior;
  • Recognition for the comprehensive transition plans back into the larger student body to ensure the success of the transitioning student; and
  • Acknowledgment for the program being held in the same building as the conventional education classes, providing a feeling of continuity for educational programming.

I encourage you to read the rest of the write up found HERE.