Standards Committee Information

Standard 1 - Core Values, Beliefs, & Learning Expectations

Standard 2 - Curriculum

Standard 3 - Instruction

Standard 4 - Assessment of & for Student Learning

Standard 5 - School Culture & Leadership

Standard 6 - School Resources for Learning

Standard 7 - Community Resources for Learning

Stamford High School is a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). This organization is the accrediting agency for the schools in the New England region. Every member school goes through a ten-year accreditation cycle.  At its January 11-12, 2004 meeting, the Commission on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS), our governing body within NEASC, voted to continue Stamford High School’s accreditation for 10 years, the maximum allowed. The next step in the process was to implement the recommendations made by the visiting team in March 2003. Two- and five-year reports, and several other updates, have been completed and submitted to NEASC. These reports, with documentation, verify that we have successfully acted upon each recommendation.

The school has now completed its 2014 self-study process, culminating in the Visiting Committee's four-day, on-site evaluation from October 19, 2014 through October 22nd. Stamford High School's Final Report is now available for the public. On April 16, 2015, the school received its official notification letter that its accreditation is being renewed, with a warning for the School Culture and Leadership standard.

Most recently SHS has received the NEASC response to the SHS Special Progress Report which was submitted on December 1, 2015.  Accreditation for SHS is approved although the school remains on warning for the Standard for Accreditation on School Leadership And Culture.  SHS must establish their progress towards the NEASC visiting committee's recommendations in a 2 year report to be submitted to the CPSS on October 1, 2016.

SHS is now in the Self Study process in preparation for an accreditation evaluation by a NEASC Visiting Committee in October of 2014 (19-22).  This two-year process involves assigning the school staff to committees based on NEASC's Seven Standards for Accreditation.  Each committee is gathering the information needed to write a report answering several indicators for each standard.  The work will culminate in the visit, during which the school will be evaluated by a team of its peers from throughout the State.  The Visiting Committee will give the school a brief synopsis of its findings on its final day at a faculty meeting, and the completed report will arrive in the following months.

The Stamford High School partnership of administrators, faculty, and staff believes that all students can learn. We believe that we must provide a rigorous, relevant curriculum for all students and find ways to engage all students regardless of their varied abilities and backgrounds.  To do so, we must give students multiple opportunities to succeed in the high school experience as well as set high expectations for all students and hold them, and ourselves, accountable.  We must also foster and maintain a culture that focuses on the importance of academics and routinely celebrates academic achievement.  It is our responsibility to model life-long learning, civic engagement, and respect and tolerance for diversity and for each other.

The Stamford High School faculty has created the following 21st Century Learning Expectations and will work together to ensure that all students master these skills at a proficient level (or above) by the time they graduate in preparation for college and/or the workplace. Students will have the skills and knowledge necessary to:


Academic expectations:

  1. Read and understand complex texts from all content areas, including visual texts, in order to extract information from them.

  2. Write cohesively and cite evidence when synthesizing information from multiple texts.

  3. Use critical thinking skills to analyze, interpret, and solve multi-step real-world problems.

  4. Conduct research to build and present knowledge individually or in groups.

Social expectation:

  1. Develop an understanding of a healthy intellectual, physical, social, and emotional lifestyle.

Civic expectation:

  1. Develop an understanding of the meaning of citizenship.


School-Wide Rubrics for 21st Century Learning Expectations


Reading Rubric

Writing Rubric

Critical Thinking Rubric

Research Rubric