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Edgerton, WI, April 2012 – Oaklawn Academy, an international Catholic Boarding school, has been awarded Praesidium Accreditation by Praesidium, Inc., the leader in abuse risk management. Praesidium Accreditation is a prestigious honor that publicly demonstrates the organization has worked to achieve the highest industry standards in abuse prevention.

To attain accreditation, Oaklawn Academy underwent a rigorous risk assessment to review and scrutinize eight primary operational areas within their business including: policies, screening and selection, training, monitoring and supervision, consumer participation, feedback systems, responding and administrative systems. Their assessment results were benchmarked against 800 best practice standards and empirically based data collection methods to assess the risk of abuse in an organization. Oaklawn will be accredited for three years, and during this time will uphold fundamental organizational values and stringent safety practices that demonstrate their commitment to protecting those in their care from abuse.

Praesidium Accreditation provides solid proof of sound risk management practices and the honor distinguishes Organization Name from others in their industry. “We are pleased to send the message that we will not compromise the safety of those in our care—for any reason,” said Javier Valenzuela Oaklawn’s principal. “As an entire organization, we are dedicated and committed to proactively keeping those in our care safe from sexual abuse.”

Oaklawn Academy was founded in 1984 by the Legionaries of Christ, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church committed to the education and formation of youth. Originally established in Connencticut, the academy moved to Wisconsin and has been in its present campus, on the shore of Lake Koshkonong, since 1986.  Praesidium, Inc. is an international leader in abuse risk management and has helped thousands of organizations over the last two decades. More information about Praesidium Accreditation is available at or by calling 800.743.6354.


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