Clarendon County School District earns Cognia Accreditation as a Consolidated District


 July 9, 2024 – Clarendon County School District has earned Cognia® Accreditation as a consolidated school district. Cognia is 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 Clarendon County School District is recognized across the nation as a school that meets Cognia Performance Standards and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement. 

“School accreditation as conferred by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission provides Clarendon County School District a nationally recognized mark of quality for our school,” shared Dr. Shawn Johnson, District Superintendent. “As a newly consolidated district, it is almost unheard of to go through this rigorous process so soon; but we did it and came out on top. Many thanks to our administrators, teachers, and district leaders. This 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 six-year term. 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. Clarendon County School District is to be commended for demonstrating that it has met high standards and 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 Cognia Accreditation at 

About Cognia 

Cognia is a global, nonprofit improvement organization dedicated to helping institutions and other education providers grow learners, teachers, and leaders. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, and improvement services within a framework of continuous improvement. Serving 40,000 public and private institutions from early learning through high school in more than 90 countries, Cognia brings a global perspective to advancing teaching and learning. Find out more at 

About Clarendon County School District 

The Clarendon County School District is dedicated to providing high-quality education to all students. The district emphasizes college and career readiness, ensuring students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge for success.