Pickens County Schools Are 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