HATTIESBURG, Miss. - As of late October The Institute for Diverse Education (TIDE) has been officially accredited by the Department of Education.
The school serves less than 100 students and gears its education towards those with learning disabilities. Its curriculum is based off college preparatory courses.
According to its philosophy, "At TIDE, we believe every student deserves to be taught in the way he best learns. Education should empower the student to conquer his anxieties, overcome his challenges, polish his gifts, and reach his full potential."
Executive Director Christie Brady said it took the school one year to become accredited.
"It’s a demonstration of quality that we are providing, because the state department of education approves our curriculum and the services that we are providing" said Brady.
She added, "It also allows us to enroll and serve students who had received educational scholarships accounts with the state.”
Brady and school principal, Adonna McGill, hopes its recognition will help other families know about its services.
“We are very excited, about the opportunities that we have to be an accredited school, it gives us lots of opportunities to provide for the community, for students that might not be able to fit that mold for public school and need something a little bit different" McGill said.
“Parents know that we’re not just a fly by night, operation that we actually have gone through an approval process with you know an authority with education" added Brady.
The small school can service up to 100 students, and now that its accredited, Brady said state funding will help its mission in serving children with disabilities.
She said, “What makes us a special purpose is that we want to serve those students, we want to provide services to them, so how we do it is different, from a typical setting.”
To learn more about TIDE School you can click here.