Palo Alto all-girls school, Meira Academy, gets accredited

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Meira Academy, an all-girls Jewish high school in Palo Alto, received three-year accreditation last month from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an important milestone for the Silicon Valley school.

“This is a major achievement for Meira Academy and its outstanding staff,” said Rabbi Joey Felsen, Meira Academy board president. “Not only have we received accreditation in the first year of our eligibility, but a three-year certification is the strongest endorsement for which we were eligible.”

In addition to gaining accreditation, Meira Academy will move from its temporary quarters at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center to a stand-alone building on the JCC campus, according to a press release.

The high school has grown from six ninth-graders when the school first opened three years ago to 25 girls enrolled for the 2014-15 school year. The Orthodox-run school serves girls from both Conservative and Orthodox families.

“Accreditation is a continual process,” said Susan Rojo, strategist at Meira Academy. “It’s a galvanizing force that helps Meira undertake the continual process of introspection and improvement. Now we are thinking of new ways to improve.”

The academy is the only all-girls Jewish high school in Northern California.