LSM High School Department passed the re-survey visit of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) held last Oct. 10-11, 2016.
After a month, the school received a written report from PAASCU, stating that it was granted a 5-year re-accreditation on Level II status.
In a briefing, Mr. Lincoln Ariz, the assistant principal for academics, emphasized the significance of the visit for the school to affirm its strengths and determine its areas for improvements.
“An accredited school is not a perfect school, but it is a genuinely good school,” he reiterated.
Administrators from different schools formed the team of volunteer accreditors – Dr. Carmela Oracion, Ms. Estrella Evelie Alcabedas, Ms. Maria Louella Lunas, Ms. Lopita Crisostomo, Dr. Henry Davalos, Ms. Jean Victoria Malenab, Ms. Elvira Ursula Lavara, and Ms. Jane Martinez. Each member focused on evaluating a specific educational area, namely the philosophy and objectives, faculty, curriculum and instruction, administration, school and community, library, laboratories, physical plant, and student services.
They also validated the self-survey report accomplished beforehand by the school regarding its educational standards and resources.
As part of their assessment, they simultaneously observed classes, examined facilities, monitored the school operations and visited the PAASCU exhibit at Greccio Hall.
Separate group interviews were conducted for LSM administrators, faculty and staff, parents and alumni, and students. The accreditors made inquiries to get testimonies on the performance of the school and the quality of education that it offers.
Moreover, they went to see Barangay Ilaya Barangka, one of the school’s partner communities to do some verification activities.
PAASCU, now on its 60th year, is a service organization which primarily aims to stimulate and integrate the efforts of educational institutions to elevate the standards of education in the Philippines.