The Memoria Press Online Academy (MPOA) is accredited by the Classical Latin School Association (CSLA). The CSLA is an association of elementary and secondary schools working to promote the transmission of the culture of Western civilization to the next generation. After teaching the mastery of basic skills and classic children’s literature in the primary grades, the curriculum has a dual focus on the intellectual skills of the liberal arts and the cultural content of the great books in grades 3-12. CLSA academic accreditation is a way for schools to internally document their viability as academically successful classical schools, hold themselves externally accountable to an outside body, and to verify that they are offering their students a superior classical education.
CLSA Accreditation is designed to help schools further their classical educational mission through a focus on academic standards, practices, and results. Part of its purpose is to dispense with all unnecessary expenditures of staff, time, and resources on meeting accreditation requirements that do not contribute in a direct and meaningful way to the academic success and mission of the school. As a result of this focus, there are clear, rigorous standards that result in a significantly shorter schedule for school accreditation. The following are the requirements for CLSA:
- Philosophical requirements: Evidence of a clear understanding among staff and board members of the nature and purpose of a classical education
- Academic/Curricular requirements: Verification that the school possesses a clearly articulated statement of the academic goals at every level and a clear process of ensuring the achievement of those goals
- Instructional requirements: Traditional, teacher-directed instruction in a classroom environment conducive to learning and a process by which those methodologies are communicated to teachers and verified by administrative staff
- Assessment requirements: Demonstration of the value-added benefit of the school’s academic program through standardized test scores.
- Professional development requirements: Participation in professional development programs that contribute to the understanding of classical Christian education and the ability of teachers and staff to implement it