While the SAIS accreditation program began in 2001, SAIS has been concerned with school quality through accreditation and leadership in the world of education for more than a century. SAIS continues to experience an increasing demand for membership and accreditation. In order to maintain the quality and meaning of the SAIS “brand” of accreditation, the organization’s membership criteria has been updated. The membership criteria in place for SAIS today is much different than in the past and all member schools are accredited by SAIS or are working towards SAIS accreditation.
Please note that the application process is a multi-step process and typically takes 6-12 weeks. If you have any questions about the membership criteria or the process, please contact us at email@example.com.
STEP 1: SELF-ANALYSIS OF CANDIDACY CRITERIA
The candidacy criteria have been developed to help predict that schools will be successful through the SAIS accreditation process. These criteria are well represented throughout the SAIS standards for accreditation. The final step to full membership is becoming accredited by SAIS within three years of becoming a candidate. For SAIS, the term school does not include home schools.
Click here for the SAIS Candidacy Self-Analysis Form
STEP 2: INVITATION TO SUBMIT FULL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION, DOCUMENTATION, & APPLICATION FEE
After reviewing your candidacy criteria self-analysis, you may be invited to complete the full SAIS application, submit documentation (a list of the required documents is available here), and pay the $500 application fee.
STEP 3: SAIS ANALYSIS OF FULL APPLICATION AND DOCUMENTATION
The review of your full application and materials takes approximately ten days. We may request more information if any part of your application is incomplete or unclear in some way.
STEP 4: SCHOOL VISIT
After the supporting documents have been submitted, an SAIS staff member or representative will work out a time to visit your school. You are responsible for travel expenses associated with this school visit. A visit to your school made prior to this point may or may not satisfy this step.
STEP 5: DUES & CANDIDATE STATUS
After your school has been accepted as a candidate, you will receive an invoice for annual dues based on your school's operating budget. Paying dues is the next step to becoming a candidate for membership. Click here to see the SAIS Membership dues. Note that dues are prorated by quarter where applicable. All schools are considered candidates until accreditation is received from SAIS, which must occur within three years. Once accreditation is received, your school will be considered a member of SAIS. The Accreditation page is located at www.sais.org/ACC.
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Timeline: The application process typically takes 6-12 weeks.
Application Fee: There is a one-time $500 application fee paid at the time you submit your application.
SAIS Membership Dues: The dues year runs July 1-June 30. Dues are on a sliding scale based on a school's total expense budget. Membership renewal invoices are sent to schools in May of each year, with payment due by August 1. Accredited schools that do not renew their annual dues will have their accreditation rescinded in addition to being dropped from the membership roster.
Other Memberships: If you are not already a member of AdvancED/SACS or MSA and would like to become one, you may join while joining SAIS. Once your school is accepted into Candidate status, we will send you the appropriate application. Note that the AdvancED/SACS application fee will be waived if AdvancED/SACS membership is obtained through SAIS. SAIS will deliver your application(s) on your behalf and will serve as your liaison.
Moratorium: A one-year moratorium will be instituted for schools not achieving accreditation within three years of becoming a candidate. After the moratorium period has passed, the school may re-apply for candidacy. The school must meet the criteria in place at the time of re-application. After being re-accepted, the school must successfully achieve accreditation within one year.
Questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need assistance completing the application.