Pictured above left to right: Stephanie Royer, Lead Teacher, Trousdale School; Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee, NCASES Consultant; Allen Clark, Administrative Director, Trousdale School; Shannon Clark, Executive Director, Trousdale School; Sherry Kolbe, Executive Director, NAPSEC; Tom Dempsey, President, NAPSEC
Trousdale School Receives National Accreditation on Its 10th Anniversary
Cleveland-based special education institution joins elite group of less than 25 schools across the nation recognized by the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (February 23, 2015) – Trousdale School, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year as a non-degree post-secondary program for high-functioning adults with intellectual disabilities, announced that it was accredited by the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services.
Trousdale School administrators were notified in a letter dated January 29 from NCASES (National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services) that the School had become the only current academic institution in Tennessee awarded this particular set of credentials. Trousdale School joins an elite group of fewer than 25 schools nationwide that have earned NCASES accreditation.
“Receiving this unique national honor on our 10th anniversary makes this achievement all the more special for Trousdale School,” said Shannon Clark, the school’s Executive Director.
“We are humbled by this honor, and delighted that Trousdale School’s faculty and staff have been recognized for their special education expertise, and for their remarkable dedication to the students. We are fortunate for the opportunity to provide high-functioning adults who have intellectual disabilities with an education that will impact the rest of their lives. I know Trousdale School and the local community are proud of this national recognition,” Clark said.
Based in Washington, D.C., NCASES is a subsidiary of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers, which was established in response to private special education providers’ need for an accreditation process that uniquely addresses their programs and the populations they serve.
NCASES’ accreditation process systematically evaluates private special education programs on the basis of a school’s educational practices, faculty credentials, and creative innovation to ensure a healthy, safe and comfortable environment that is conducive to special learning. The process welcomes diversity and recognizes the challenges in equipping high-functioning adults who have intellectual disabilities with the skills they need to succeed on their own.
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