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What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary process of self-evaluation and continuous improvement that reflects compliance with required standards/indicators; involves a self-study; and includes a peer review by educators from outside of your school. Independent schools that seek accreditation through SAIS understand that our process is designed specifically with you in mind. SAIS accreditation allows you to tell your story, to set your goals, and to be independent, while still fulfilling the stringent and focused compliance requirements of our process. SAIS accreditation focuses on your school and your efforts to fulfill the school’s mission.

Click here for more about the history of SAIS accreditation, SAIS certification, and the SAIS Accreditation Portal.

Accreditation Guidebook

The Guidebook outlines the accreditation process from beginning to end, highlighting the milestone markers along the way.

Click here for the latest version of the Guidebook.

Accreditation Partners

SAIS partners with several organizations to offer a single process that leads to multiple accreditations. Partner agencies typically have additional compliance measures and also make their own accrediting decisions based on their unique requirements. The goal of SAIS's accrediting partnerships is to serve the diverse needs of schools who want or need multiple accreditations.

Click here to view the list of SAIS accreditation partners.

Accreditation Portal

Click here for access to the SAIS Accreditation Portal. The Portal is the online tool that SAIS has created to help schools and teams experience SAIS Accreditation.

Accreditation Process

The SAIS accreditation process allows schools to pursue accreditation while maintaining their identity and mission. We ask schools to tell their stories in a way that demonstrates they are mission-driven. An SAIS accreditation confirms that a school's intended efforts are also the actualized ones.

Click here for more about the accreditation process.

Accredited Schools Materials

Accredited SAIS member schools are permitted and encouraged to display SAIS logos on their website, print materials, the graduate's diploma, transcripts, etc.

Click here for the links to SAIS logos.

Accreditation School & Team Resources

Click here for a listing of general resources, information for the visiting accreditation team, information to help the school prepare for a visit, and links to state laws pertaining to independent schools.

Accreditation Training

For schools, chairs, and team members.

Click here for training information and workshop dates.

Head of School / Substantive Change Form

Click here to complete the form to inform SAIS of any changes to the school or its leadership.

Non-Compliance Form

Once a school earns its SAIS accreditation, it is required to remain in compliance for its five-year accreditation period and to provide confirmation of compliance at the two-year mark. SAIS takes very seriously any and all non-compliance inquiries and complaints against our member schools. Therefore, all inquiries and complaints are investigated to the level possible by SAIS.

Click here for more information, and for the non-compliance form.


Click here for a list of SAIS policies for member schools.

Survey Center

SAIS offers a variety of value narrative surveys to its member schools. Click here for more information.

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Institute for Heads
June 19-22, 2018 | Asheville, NC
This retreat offers an opportunity for thoughtful dialogue and engagement with colleagues on key issues facing heads of school and their spouses.

Dean of Students Symposium
June 27-29, 2018 | Asheville, NC
Develop a network of peers, discuss best practices on current issues, and gather practical ideas from colleagues.

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