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Cognia School of Distinction

Updated: Sep 16, 2022

We are so excited to announce that St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School is the winner of the Cognia School of Distinction!

Cognia, the global school improvement organization that helps grow learners, teachers, and leaders, has recently announced its list of Schools of Distinction among Cognia accredited schools and districts. The Schools of Distinction earn this recognition based on the results of Cognia’s rigorous Accreditation Engagement Review process.

“We are so honored to receive this high recognition from Cognia,” said Dr. Sherry Durham. “This prestigious award validates the practice of excellence in education that is a hallmark of our school that continues each day in our classrooms.”

During the 2021-2022 school year, Cognia conducted approximately 1,500 school engagement reviews for accreditation. This year, 96 schools and 38 systems in 34 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and nine countries are recognized. The number of institutions reviewed and those that earn this designation vary from year to year. Winners carry the designation for one year.

“Congratulations to the 2022 Schools and Systems of Distinction for demonstrating excellence in education in meeting the Cognia Performance Standards,” said Cognia President and CEO Dr. Mark A. Elgart. “Based on the results of their 2021–2022 accreditation reviews, each of these schools and systems demonstrated evidence of growth in learning, a healthy culture for learning, engaging and high-quality instructional environments, and effective leadership for learning.”

As a winner of the Cognia School of Distinction, SCES will carry the designation for one year.

Member institutions in Cognia’s Global Network may seek accreditation. Institutions that seek to earn accreditation participate in a rigorous evaluation process that includes a period of self-assessment; an evaluation conducted by trained external, third-party evaluators; and an improvement phase focused on the results of the evaluation. The Cognia Performance Standards for accreditation are based on the latest research and understanding of learning, teaching, and leading expected in effective schools and systems. Once an institution is accredited, it engages in a similar engagement review process at least every six years to maintain accreditation. The schools and systems recently announced are recognized for the results of their Accreditation Engagement Review in 2021-22.

The full list of 2022 Schools and Systems of Distinction is listed here.

About Cognia Cognia is a global, nonprofit improvement organization dedicated to helping institutions and other education providers grow learners, teachers, and leaders. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, and professional services within a framework of continuous improvement. Serving 36,000 public and private institutions from early learning through high school in more than 90 countries, Cognia brings a global perspective to advancing teaching and learning. Find out more at

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