Where can I find out Virginia’s laws pertaining to independent schools?
The Virginia Council for Private Education, VCPE, produces an annual guide with updated information regarding private schools. You should contact VCPE to receive a copy of the latest guide.
What’s the distinction between a school’s mission, philosophy, and objectives?
Here’s one way to think about it:
Mission answers the question “Why are we here?”
Philosophy answers the question “What do we believe about education?”
Objectives tell what you will do to accomplish the mission in keeping with your philosophy.
How much should we budget for an evaluation visit?
VAIS offers budget considerations in the guidelines for the initial/ten-year and interim visits. It’s hard to give an estimate since hospitality costs vary so much across the Commonwealth. But, the cost of hospitality is probably one of the key factors to consider: while you want to take good care of your visiting team, it is never the intent of VAIS to break the school’s budget to do so. In fact, we are working hard to decrease the size of visiting teams and compress their work to help decrease costs for schools. Costs of printed materials for the visiting team have also decreased since we want schools to send an electronic vs. printed curricula to each team member.