“Accreditation is such a great accomplishment for the entire organization,” said Wendy Leigh, vice president of education at the Straz Center. “It confirms all the great work that we’ve done over eight years and points us brightly towards the future.”
Being an accredited school means that students have the opportunity to receive school credit for classes taken at the Conservatory, if the student’s school agrees.
To become accredited, the Patel Conservatory underwent an extensive two-year evaluation and review process.
The process involved dozens of people associated with the Conservatory, such as parents, board members, students, teachers and community members, working closely together. We are proud that the Conservatory more than surpassed all of the stringent qualifications.
Accreditation was received by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. Hillsborough County Public Schools, Palm Beach County Public Schools and Miami-Dade City County Public Schools also are accredited by SACS CASI.
“Our accreditation gives students more alternatives and opportunities to expand their horizons. This distinction will open new doors for all of us and will continue to keep us on an ongoing rigorous path of continuous improvement, keeping us at the top of our game,” said Leigh.
Thank you to all the wonderful faculty, staff and community members who helped us achieve this distinguished status.