What is AFG?
Accreditation for Growth (AFG) is a seven year self-study process by which MLHS faculty, administration, students, and community members work together to improve our school. This process has been designed by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association.
A great school is never satisfied with the results it is getting in student performance. Even when it achieves its performance goals, it moves its efforts to other areas of performance in need of growth and improvement or it raises the bar--its expectations. In other words, it is engaged in continuous growth and improvement.
In this era of accountability, student performance is and should be the essential focus of schools, school communities, and educators. School leaders must keep the attention of the entire school community on the improvement of all aspects of the educational program for the benefit of all of our students. In the Accreditation for Growth protocol, the following five questions will guide the school's inquiry.
#1: By the time students have completed our school's education program, what should they know? What should they be able to do with what they know? What kinds of qualities and characteristics should they demonstrate?
#2: At what level should students be able to perform these expectations and what would that look like?
#3: How will we determine how well our students perform these expectations?
#4: How well do our students currently perform? What is the actual quality of their work? What are the gaps between how well our student currently perform and what we expect?
#5: What are our priorities for growth and improvement in student performance? What does the school community have to do to close or eliminate those gaps?