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Divine Academy Earns Cognia 2023 Schools of Distinction Award

We at Divine Academy are proud to announce that we've been chosen by Cognia to receive the 2023 Schools and Systems of Distinction Award! Here is what was said in Cognia's press release on September 12th:

Divine Academy Awarded as Cognia School of Distinction

"Cognia, the global nonprofit school improvement organization that helps grow learners, teachers, and leaders, has announced its list of Schools of Distinction among Cognia Accredited schools and districts. These 33 Schools and Systems of Distinction earned this recognition based on the results of Cognia’s rigorous Accreditation Engagement Review process. The 2023 Schools of Distinction are listed on the Cognia website.

During the 2022-2023 school year, Cognia conducted approximately 1,100 accreditation engagement reviews. Of the 33 institutions recognized this year, 18 schools and one system are in the U.S. across 12 states, seven are international schools and another seven are international school systems in four countries. The number of institutions reviewed and those that earn this designation vary from year to year. Winners carry the designation for one year.

'Congratulations to the 2023 Schools and Systems of Distinction for demonstrating excellence in education in meeting the new Cognia Performance Standards,' said Cognia president and CEO Dr. Mark A. Elgart. 'These institutions are benchmarks of school quality in their commitment to continuous improvement.'

Based on the results of their 2022–2023 Cognia Accreditation Engagement Review, these schools and systems demonstrated evidence of high-quality teaching and learning. Institutions were evaluated and provided evidence of growth in learning, a healthy culture for learning, engaging and high-quality instructional environments, and effective leadership for learning—all characteristics Cognia expects to see in quality schools.

Candidates for Cognia Accreditation and reaccreditation participate in a rigorous evaluation process that includes a period of self-assessment; an evaluation conducted by trained external, third-party evaluators; and an improvement phase focused on the results of the evaluation. The Cognia Performance Standards for K-12 accreditation are based on the latest research and understanding of learning, teaching, and leading. Once an institution is accredited, it engages in a similar engagement review process at least every six years to maintain Cognia Accreditation."

We want to thank all of the teachers and staff of Divine Academy who had a part in earning this award. We will continue to provide our students with the highest-quality education and put them on a path to success.


Divine Academy is a private school, located in Pembroke Pines, for students with special needs. The central purpose and role of Divine Academy is to provide neurodivergent students with the means and knowledge for independent living and to enter the workforce through educational, vocational, and life skills instruction in a safe, nurturing, and structured environment. To learn more about our school, call us at (954) 499-4638 or visit our website at

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