LM is Accredited by AdvancED and MEA

The Lancaster Mennonite School system received continuing accreditation from AdvancED and Mennonite Education Agency.

The school had an on-site evaluation on March 27-30 led by  Mary Ann Keeley, vice president of AdvancED, and Kathie Estock, educational consultant. Other team members were Sharon Fransen, assistant superintendent of Dock Mennonite Academy in Lansdale, PA; George Anthony of Mater Dei Prep, Middletown, NJ; and Michael LaForgia, principal of Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy, Douglastown, NY.

Although Lancaster Mennonite has experienced accreditation visits in the past, this was the first visit with AdvancED and serves as a baseline for continuous school improvement. The External Review Team’s findings validated LMs own self study and identification of areas to improve.


  1. The External Review Team experienced the fervent commitment of the leadership and staff to creating a culture that reflects and promotes Anabaptist values, traditions and beliefs.
  2. We acknowledge that the leadership and staff have worked to become a school (system) that welcomes people of all races, ethnicities and socioeconomic levels in alignment with the missional vision of embracing an increasingly global society.
  3. Your school community values the school’s “global perspective and efforts to work for peace, justice and mutual respect among all people of the world”.
  4. The system has periodically engaged in a comprehensive process to review and revise the institution’s purpose statement. Each campus commits to being Centered in Christ,  Transforming Lives and Changing our World through love, peacemaking, and service.
  5. The Team recognizes that establishing strong partnerships with a variety of educational providers has enhanced your academic program and increased your response to students’ individual needs.
  6. As evidenced through our classroom observations, the team witnessed the students’ widespread utilization of technology to enhance their learning.
  7. The team applauds your implementation of the Project-Based Learning in the Middle School. The academic rigor of the program motivates students to expand their understandings and broaden their perspectives.
  8. The team applauds the efforts of the leadership and staff to provide well-maintained facilities.


AdvancED is an accrediting and consulting organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. The primary purpose of accreditation is to certify that a school meets standards and actually does what it says it does. Beyond that, the accreditation team is committed to help schools engage in continuous improvement.