Pickens County Schools
Accredited With Quality by the Georgia Accrediting Commission
Mission of the Georgia Accrediting Commission, Inc.
The mission of the Georgia Accrediting Commission is twofold: (l) to establish standards promoting
instruction of high quality for children in Georgia schools and (2) to encourage schools to meet the
established standards. GAC provides an accreditation process designed to establish and uphold standards, to
strengthen the quality of education in each school, and to assure its membership and the general public that the established standards are related to the best educational practices.
The GAC serves as a means of ensuring that its membership schools meet certain standards for the operation
and support of quality school programs in the State of Georgia. Specifically, GAC establishes standards and
procedures to carry out the accreditation process. GAC also determines the accreditation status of the
educational program of each school and publishes a list of schools with accredited programs in its Bulletin
and on the GAC website www.coe.uga.edu/gac. The GAC Executive Director issues certificates for those
schools and agencies Provisionally Accredited, Accredited Annually, Accredited, Accredited Fully and
Accredited With Quality.
The GAC, an independent agency, is governed by a board of elected educators who have an interest in
education in Georgia. Membership of the governing board represents teachers, instructional supervisors,
school administrators, Regional Educational Service Agency personnel, Georgia Department of Education
personnel, and college personnel who are responsible for the preparation of teachers and other professional