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Cognia Accreditation Process: The Pass Christian Public School District is accredited by Cognia formerly known as AdvancEd. The Cognia district accreditation process examines the whole institution – the programs, the cultural context, and the community of stakeholders – to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students.

To earn/renew accreditation, the district undergoes a rigorous process of self-assessment in relation to a research-based set of quality standards. We review our strategic foundational components: mission, vision, and beliefs; meet with stakeholders; scrutinize student achievement data; and prepare a strategic plan, which serves as our continuous improvement plan. The plan is regularly monitored and evaluated. Every five (5) years, a Cognia External Review Team conducts an audit, evaluates the effectiveness of the district's continuous school improvement efforts, recognizes powerful practices, and makes recommendations for future growth. The most recent review took place in August 2023. While in the district, the lead evaluator met with district personnel and conducted site visitations including classroom observations.  We would like to thank all those who participated in the process. During the 2023 school year, the district will begin its five-year planning process which includes community members, parents, teachers, students, and other stakeholders who share their perspectives regarding school/district effectiveness and offer input into the development of the plan. We look forward to working with our community to seek new opportunities for improvement and advancement.

Vision: Committed to Excellence
Mission: In partnership with families and community, is to empower all students to be college-career ready learners, critical thinkers, and contributing citizens.
Beliefs: We believe Pirates excel when:
  • all are accepted, valued, and safe.
  • curriculum is challenging and progressive;
  • actively engaged in the learning process;
  • all have an equitable opportunity to learn;
  • learning is a shared responsibility; and
  • held to clearly defined, high expectations.
Continuous Improvement Goals
  1. Increase parental involvement, community collaboration, and business partnerships.
  2. Improve student academic achievement as reported by state and other standardized test results.
  3. Promote academic success and wellness by maintaining a safe and orderly environment.
  4. Ensure fiscal responsibility.

Strategic Delimiters: We will not…

  • retain people who do not embrace the vision and beliefs of the organization.
  • purchase programs that do not align with our goals and beliefs.