Middle States Accreditation Awarded to Caldwell's Trinity Academy


CALDWELL, NJ — Trinity Academy in Caldwell was recently notified by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and the Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (CESS) that it has earned its reaccreditation—the gold standard for measuring and advancing school improvement.

Trinity Academy is one of only 167 schools and school systems in 17 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and 15 other countries, that have earned accreditation this year.

According to Principal Linda Payonzeck, the entire Trinity community was extremely proud to be recognized.

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“I personally feel extremely fortunate to be part of the Trinity Academy community,” she said. “It truly is an exceptional place to work, learn, and grow. This reaccreditation is a testament to our talented teachers.”

Payonzeck added that each member of the Trinity faculty is “completely dedicated to seeing [the] students reach their highest potential” and that they all strive to create well-rounded, high-achieving students.

“It is the driving force behind everything we do,” she said. “As a private Catholic institution, we are blessed to do so while sharing the teachings and love of Jesus Christ. It is exciting to see our efforts recognized."

The MSA-CESS was created at the turn of the 20th century in response to the public demand for improved quality and greater accountability for schools serving society’s needs. The U.S. Department of Education believes organizations such as the MSA-CESS are reliable authorities to measure the quality of education from an institution. Accreditation is an external, objective validation of a school’s quality and student achievement.

In pursuing accreditation and reaccreditation, an institution is committed to and fosters continuous school improvement, according to Trinity Academy.

MSA-CESS accredits Pre-K through Grade 12 public, private, parochial, charter, non-degree granting career and technical post-secondary institutions, special purpose schools, supplementary education centers, learning services providers, and distance education institutions.

The Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools works with public and private schools serving Pre-K through elementary-aged children, including several special purposes schools and educational institutions. The Commission on Secondary Schools works directly with public and private schools serving students from middle school through post-secondary, non-degree granting programs, and several special purpose schools and educational institutions, including distance learning.

Both commissions build on the rich history of the Middle States Association by working to improve the quality of education in the region and around the world.

According to Trinity, the children, faculty and staff plan to celebrate the news of the school’s accreditation with a Pep Rally, where a large Middle States Accreditation banner will be unveiled.

“I congratulate the Middle States Committee, Trinity Academy students, staff and parents as well as the outgoing Principal Mary N. Cassels for this outstanding recognition,” said Payonzeck. “This accreditation validates the great work that occurs both in and out of the classroom at Trinity Academy.”

Trinity Academy is a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Pre-K to grade right Catholic school located in Caldwell. Trinity’s mission is to provide students with a challenging academic environment while educating the whole person—mind, hands and heart—in the Catholic tradition.

Trinity Academy offers small class sizes, flexible Pre-K with before and after care, a full-day Kindergarten program, and a nurturing environment that allows every child to thrive.

To register for Trinity Academy’s upcoming fall Open House events on Sunday, Nov. 12 or for more information, visit, or call 973-226-3386, ext. 10.

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