Overview of Accreditation

Virginia’s best independent schools engage in the deliberative, reflective, and continuous VAIS accreditation process.

Since 1973 VAIS 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 VCPE. At the national level, the VAIS accreditation process is recognized at the highest level by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) through the NAIS Commission on Accreditation. The Commission on Accreditation includes state, regional, and international associations, thereby broadening the perspective on excellence in independent education. The VAIS process of accreditation is based on a regular, professional peer assessment of the degree to which the School supports its stated mission in a thoughtful, sustainable, and responsible manner.

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