Riverside earns Cognia accreditation

The Cheatham County School District and Riverside Academy announced that they have earned accreditation by Cognia™, a non-profit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.

Cognia, formerly AdvancED, nationally recognizes districts that meet rigorous standards focused on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meets the needs of learners, and effective leadership.

Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means that the district is recognized across the nation as one that meets the Cognia Standards of Quality and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement.

The official Cognia certificates arrived, and the district presented them to our administrators, including Riverside Academy Principal Dr. Andrea Bringard, at the March 2024 principals meeting.

Director of Schools Dr. Cathy Beck said earning this prestigious accreditation provides a nationally recognized mark of quality for the district.

“Being able to achieve this accreditation demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve,” she said.

The district has been working on this national accreditation for more than a year and it was a key component of its five-year strategic plan.

“I am extremely proud of the work that is being done by our teams at both school and district levels that yielded this accreditation. The contributions of all our team members are both exceptional and a clear testament to their commitment to and investment in supporting high-quality education for our students,” Beck added.

To earn Cognia accreditation, a district also must implement a continuous process of improvement and submit to internal and external review. Districts in good standing can maintain their accreditation for a five-year term.