Neuse Charter School Earns Cognia Accreditation

SMITHFIELD – Neuse Charter School has announced that it has earned accreditation by CogniaTM, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.

Cognia, formerly AdvancED, nationally recognizes districts that meet rigorous standards focused on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meets the needs of learners, and effective leadership. Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means that the school is accredited and that Neuse
Charter School is recognized across the nation as a school that meets Cognia Standards of Quality, and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement.

“School accreditation as conferred by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission provides Neuse Charter School a nationally recognized mark of quality for our school,” shared Neuse Charter School. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”

To earn Cognia accreditation, a school district also must implement a continuous process of improvement, and submit to internal and external review. Schools in good standing can maintain their accreditation for a five-year term. Neuse Charter School outscored the national average review score by more than 10 points, further illustrating their commitment to every child, every day.

“We are a small school with big goals. Receiving a score above the national average from Cognia is a result of collaboration, high expectations, and a strong focus on instructional practices that are proven to have a positive impact on student learning. Our teachers are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to our students. We will stay the course knowing our Strategic Plan is effective” stated Ms. Nicky Niewinski, Neuse Charter School’s Director of Academics.

Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president, and CEO of Cognia stated, “Cognia Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school and its community on the primary goal of preparing lifelong learners in engaging environments where all students can flourish. Neuse Charter School is to be commended for demonstrating that it has met high standards, is making progress on key indicators that impact student learning.”

Cognia is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Parents and interested community members can learn more about the Cognia Accreditation at

About Neuse Charter School
Neuse Charter School is the only K-12 Charter School in Johnston County and is now accepting applications for the enrollment lottery for students going into kindergarten through 12th grades. Apply online until noon on March 16 at