Initial Self Study
Accreditation is a voluntary process undertaken by schools that are committed to continuous school improvement and compliance with VAIS Standards. At the time of an initial accreditation, school undertake a self-study process designed to help the school and VAIS assess the degree to which the school meets its own mission, philosophy, and objectives, as well as the VAIS Standards for Membership. The following Self Study models have been approved for use beginning July 1, 2016. After review of the models, please determine the model your school will use and receive approval from the VAIS Director of Accreditation before proceeding with the self-study.
Comprehensive Self Study
The school’s self-study is accomplished through small focus groups representing all school constituencies, which gather to discuss and answer the guiding questions surrounding each of the major sections of VAIS Standards. The school’s narrative report addresses each of the major sections and also includes break-out of individual curricular and divisional areas within the instruction and program section. Schools are encouraged to weave information into the narrative that explains how Standards are met. Survey results are also included as applicable. Strengths, Weaknesses, and Recommendations are identified for each section.
Strategic Based Self Study
The self-study would be part of the school’s strategic planning. Whether it is a check in at the midpoint of a five year strategic plan, a check back at the end of a strategic plan, or an assessment of the strategic plan as it begins, this model of self study has proven very effective for both VAIS and schools. In combination with the documentation provided by the school, the on-site evaluation visit includes opportunities for in-depth conversations and observations to evaluate the degree to which the school meets the Standards.