Normandy School District gets to provisional accreditation - KMOV.com

Normandy School District gets to provisional accreditation, will end transfer program

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Normandy School District was granted provisional accreditation Friday.

The ruling will take effect Jan. 2, 2018.

The upgrade follows improvements in student achievement and graduation rates.

Normandy was the only unaccredited school district in the state of Missouri prior to the ruling.

The district has been run by a state-appointed board for the past few years. As a result, after this year the Normandy School Collaborative will no longer pay to bus students to the Francis Howell district in St. Charles County.

The transfer program began four years ago when the state pulled Normandy's accreditation. With the reclassification, Normandy is no longer required to participate in the student transfer program. 

Four years ago about 900 students, 25 percent of the district, left to attend accredited districts.

"We had a very short window to turn things around from what had been happening historically," said Normandy Schools Collaborative Superintendent Dr. Charles Pearson. "To turn into an organization to provide quality education for children. What happened Friday morning was validation of our efforts."

Normandy has reached agreements with some area districts to continue the transfer program through the end of this year.

Some of those districts will also let high school students graduate.

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