Middle States Accreditation

Leadership Team

Aldo Cavalli, CEO

Cristal McCollum, Principal

Brandon Leydic, Director of Operations

Jalen Rosario, Human Resources Coordinator

Dr. Angelo Senese, External Coordinator


Steering Committee

Rosalee Sabo, AAECS Board of Trustees

Bliss Fallon, 5th Gr. Teacher

Lissa Scearce, 5th Gr. Teacher

Mary Kate Walter, 4th Gr. Teacher

Wendy Goldman, 3rd Gr. Teacher

Amy Seals, 2nd Gr. Teacher

Kalli Wardle, 1st Gr. Teacher

Amanda Russell, EL Specialist

Kristin Cichowski, Theatre Teacher

Data Team

Nick Krajcic, STEAM Coordinator 

Lauren Dreher, Reading Specialist

Mary Kate Walter, Reading Specialist


The 12 MSA Standards

  1. Mission

  2. Governance and Leadership

  3. School Improvement Planning

  4. Finances

  5. Facilities

  6. School Organization and Staff

  7. Health and Safety

  8. Educational Program

  9. Assessment and Evidence of Student Learning

  10. Student Services

  11. Student Life and Activities

  12. Information Resources

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Middle States Accreditation.



We received official notice of our 7-year Middle States Accreditation! Click here to read our notification.


Upon conclusion of our virtual MSA Visit, our Visiting Team Chair announced that she will be recommending Arts Academy Elementary Charter School for a full 7 year accreditation! We await official confirmation but couldn't be more proud of our school, staff, students and families!


Our final self-study and all supporting evidence has been submitted! We look forward to meeting with the MSA Visiting Team March 15 - 17!


Our MSA Visiting Team Chairperson and Team Members are confirmed. Finalized Action Plans are shared with the staff.


AAECS Student Council creates an M.S.A., "My School is Awesome!" campaign to raise awareness for students and to encourage them to share their opinions about AAECS. The Steering Committee approves the final copy of the Action Plans.


Our MSA visit is confirmed for March 15 - 17, 2021!


Steering Committee discusses short and long term goals. Principal and CEO submit request for a March 2021 evaluation visit.


Leadership Team meets to organize action planning groups and process.


AAECS Goals pass MSA technical review for approval!


Leadership Team reviews and expands upon Action Plan items.


Data Team proposes Action Plan Items.


Steering Committee finalizes survey analysis

Data Team finalizes baseline data analysis and goals and objectives.


Leadership Team presents the Action Planning Template to Steering Committee.

Principal submits request for Evaluation Visit.

Steering Committee begins Staff Survey analysis


Data Team presents goals and objectives to the Steering Committee for feedback.

Steering Committee begins Parent Survey analysis.


Data Team presents draft of MSA Goals to the Leadership Team, Steering Committee for feedback.


Data Team presents plan for data review and goal design.


Principal proudly shares new Belief, Mission and Vision Statements to staff, parents and community!

Data Team drafts plan for MSA Goal selection.


Board of Trustees reviews and approves Mission and Vision Statements.


Principal shares Mission and Vision Statements with staff and parents for feedback.


Board of Trustees reviews and approves Belief Statements.


Steering Committee analyzes and revises Mission and Vision Statements.

Principal shares Belief Statements with staff for feedback.


Leadership Team presents draft Belief Statements at 1st MSA Steering Committee Meeting.

Leadership Team drafts Mission and Vision Statements.


Leadership Team seeks volunteers for MSA Steering Committee.

Leadership Team drafts Belief Statements.


Staff Meeting

Announcement: MSA Application Approved! Our Work Begins!


MSA Candidacy Visit at AAECS


MSA Application submitted.