Member Service

Personalized Staff Support
VAIS provides support tailored individual member schools needs. For schools in their
infancy or interested in accreditation, VAIS can provide additional consultation.

Accreditation
The accreditation process for VAIS has been approved by the Virginia Council for
Private Education Committee on Accreditation as authorized by the Virginia State
Board of Education. At the national level, the VAIS accreditation process has received
the highest recognition from the National Association of Independent Schools through
the NAIS Commission on Accreditation. Universities and colleges throughout the
country recognize VAIS accreditation, and VAIS is recognized by the College Board as
an accrediting body for secondary schools located in Virginia. While the United States
Department of Education can only recognize bodies for higher and adult education,
VAIS accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Government for such purposes as
certification by the Immigration and Naturalization Service for foreign students and
access to military academies and programs.

Professional Development
Great schools depend on active and engaged teacher-learners. VAIS recognizes the need
to lead the way toward educational realities and innovations in the school environment,
while also staying faithful to those practices that are tried and true. VAIS offerings reflect
input from faculty and administrators for learning opportunities that are affordable,
effective and readily attainable. For current opportunities, please visit www.vais.org and
click on Programs and Events.

VAIS Webpage and Social Media
The VAIS webpage (vais.org) provides links to member schools, connections to
professional development, educational resources, and space for posting career
opportunities. Each school also has free marketing space to use to promote open
houses and individual school information. VAIS uses social media networks, (Facebook
and Twitter), to share real time events and news from member schools
to a broad audience.

Legislative Services and Regulatory Monitoring
VAIS safeguards the independence of member schools through representation on
the Virginia Council of Private Education (VCPE) Board of Directors and the National
Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation.
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