Akoyikoyi School recently received a certificate from the Federated States of Micronesia Department of Education as a 3-year accredited school. During the 2013-2014 school year, accreditation teams sent out by the DOE traveled all over the state of Chuuk to inspect and check in with every public school currently operating. These committees were tasked with looking at everything from the facilities and locations of these schools to the teacher/student attendance and class lesson plans. Each of these categories was then judged on a 1 to 4 scale, 4 being the best possible score. Schools that earned an average 3 or 4 rating earned a 3-year accreditation, and schools earning a 2 average were granted a 1-year accreditation during which time they are expected to make improvements to the school.
Chuuk is often looked upon negatively, and one of the biggest reasons for this is due to the abysmal state of education there. The recent accreditation process backed this up, as very few of the public schools were deemed functional, with Chuuk High School being the only secondary school to receive a 3-year accreditation. At the elementary level, the outlook was even more grim. Out of the 64 public elementary schools, Akoyikoyi School is the ONLY elementary school to have been granted a 3 year-accreditation.
We are very proud of this recognition for the hard work that the teachers and administrators have been doing and see it as affirmation for the direction in which we are heading. Special gratitude goes out to Elder Crisp of the Latter Day Saints who provided consultation in preparation of accreditation, as well as Will Marshall and Clark Graham for their hard work in putting everything together.