St. Joan of Arc School Awarded for Distinction in STEMSt. Joan of Arc School in Hershey has been recognized for its Program of Distinction in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA-CESS). St. Joan’s is the fourth school in the nation to receive this award.

MSA-accredited schools are eligible to apply for Program of Distinction recognition for outstanding programs in specific fields. The STEM Program of Distinction recognizes schools that show a commitment to ensuring graduates are prepared to succeed in STEM classes in college and are well-positioned to pursue a STEM-related career.

“This award attests to the fact that St. Joan of Arc School has been found through a rigorous process of self-study and external evaluation to exemplify the Criterion for PROGRAM OF DISTINCTION in STEM,” the award letter states. It further reads, “The school shows a commitment to ensuring that all of its students graduate with a readiness for college pursuit of STEM related content and a 21st century STEM related career.”

“The Middle States accreditation process brings together school leaders, teachers, parents and students to develop a strategic plan for the future that is built upon continuous school improvement,” said Lisa Marie McCauley, Ed.D., president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. “Middle States accredited schools benefit from the power of peer review and should be commended for their commitment to collaboration, growth and advancing student achievement.”

“We are proud to be recognized by MSA-CESS as a leader in STEM education,” said Sister Eileen Marie McGowan, D.M., principal of St. Joan of Arc School. “We are committed to preparing our students for college and 21st century careers and recognize that having a strong background in STEM education will be a key to their success.”