Southeastern Laboratory School earns accreditation


Wednesday, August 30, 2023 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Laboratory School recently announced that it has earned accreditation by Cognia™, a non-profit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.
     Formerly AdvancED, Cognia nationally recognizes districts that meet rigorous standards focused on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meets the needs of learners, and effective leadership. Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means that the school is accredited, and that Southeastern Laboratory School is recognized across the nation as a school that meets Cognia standards of quality, and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement.
     “School accreditation as conferred by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission provides the Southeastern Lab School a nationally recognized mark of quality for the school,” said Dean of the College of Education Paula Calderon. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”
     “Our staff has committed itself to not only student growth, but also professional growth,” said Southeastern Lab School Principal Stephen Labbe. “Our Cognia accreditation shows the hard work of our teachers, our students, and our school community. Also, the feedback we received from the review will help us to continue to grow in all areas of our school.”
     To earn Cognia accreditation, a school district also must implement a continuous process of improvement, and submit to internal and external review. Schools in good standing can maintain their accreditation for a five-year term.
     “Cognia Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school and its community on the primary goal of preparing lifelong learners in engaging environments where all students can flourish,” said President and CEO of Cognia Mark A. Elgart. “Southeastern Laboratory School is to be commended for demonstrating that it has met high standards and is making progress on key indicators that impact student learning.”
     Cognia is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Northwest Accreditation Commission, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. Parents and interested community members can learn more about Cognia Accreditation at

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