Since 1973 the Virginia Association of Independent Schools has been the leader in accreditation of Virginia’s independent schools. The VAIS evaluation and review process is authorized by the Virginia State Board of Education through its membership in the Virginia Council for Independent Schools (VCPE). VAIS also is recognized by the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA). VAIS has voluntarily and regularly submitted to a rigorous and impartial review of its accreditation program and demonstrated its adherence to ICAISA’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices. VAIS is commended by ICAISA for the quality of the Association’s accreditation program for its Member Schools. The VAIS process of accreditation is based on a regular, professional peer assessment of the degree to which a member school supports its stated mission in a thoughtful, sustainable, and responsible manner.