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Port Chester High School Gets Reaccreditation Review

A team from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools will report on Port Chester High School's reaccreditation bid on Thursday, Oct. 30.
A team from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools will report on Port Chester High School's reaccreditation bid on Thursday, Oct. 30. Photo Credit: File

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Port Chester High School is seeking reaccreditation, and the presentation of the findings is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30.

From Oct. 27-30, a team of five independent educators representing the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools will visit PCHS. The team's purpose is to evaluate the school against the association’s 12 standards and provide feedback on what team members learn during their visit and from the extensive self-report prepared by the high school Middle States team.

The evaluation team will present its findings in the PCHS auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 2:45 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

“We undertook this multiyear self-study because it gives us impartial, third-party feedback and confirmation that we meet recognized standards of quality,” said Mitchell Combs, principal of PCHS. Accreditation lasts eight years. PCHS last received Middle States accreditation in 2006.

During its four-day visit, the accreditation team will meet with all groups that have a role in the school, including parents, students, teachers, custodians, nurses, guidance and other support staff. The team will observe classes, try the cafeteria food, test water fountains and measure Port Chester High School against the 12 Standards for Accreditation (see PCHS Accreditation Plan.)

The evaluation team’s work even extends into the Village. They are staying at the Marriott Courtyard and eating in restaurants in the Village. Residents might encounter them and may be asked questions informally as the team seeks to learn about Port Chester and the surrounding area. In addition, parents will be hosted for meals and conversation.

This reaccreditation process began in 2013 and has involved a team of PCHS educators, led by teacher Erika Perez, which has systematically examined all aspects of the school and has written a Plan for Growth and Improvement that runs about 200 pages. The visiting team has received that written plan.

Evaluating Port Chester High School on behalf of the Middle States Association are five educators from Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

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