Appointed by the
VAIS Accreditation Committee, Visiting Team leaders conduct a Preliminary Visit and document review to assess a school’s readiness
to conduct the visit and to make preparations for the on-site
evaluation. Based on discussions with Visiting Team leaders and the Head
of the School, VAIS staff carefully select additional Visiting Team
members having been nominated by Heads of member schools to
serve VAIS in this capacity. Team members receive the school's report,
curriculum, and other pertinent information in advance of the on-site
evaluation. During the on-site evaluation, the Visiting Team examines
every facet of the school through interviews with representatives of all
constituent groups, classroom visits, and observations of campus life.
These provide team members with the background needed to compile the Visiting Team Report. Finally, team members apply their accumulated
knowledge to record individual votes on each VAIS Standard for
Membership. The team makes no recommendation concerning accreditation. The Accreditation Committee makes a recommendation on accreditation to the VAIS Board of Directors and determines additional reporting that will be required by the school. All decisions concerning accreditation rest with the VAIS Board. In the year following the visit, the school is requested to provide a One Year Report of progress to VAIS.
five years following the school’s initial or ten-year accreditation, an
interim evaluation is conducted. Within the interim progress report
that the school prepares, each of the major challenges and any strong
recommendations identified in the previous visiting team report are
addressed. In addition, the school describes new programs and/or
significant developments since the last on-site evaluation, and presents
its published curriculum and supporting documentation. Though a smaller
visiting team is appointed for the on-site evaluation, the interim
evaluation process parallels the ten-year review in scope, including
review of documentation and individual votes on all Standards for
Membership. The format of the interim visiting team report is
abbreviated. The visiting team’s report and their vote on Standards is
forwarded to the full VAIS Accreditation Committee for review. The
Accreditation Committee makes a recommendation on accreditation to the
VAIS Board of Directors and determines additional reporting that will be
required by the school. All decisions concerning accreditation rest
with the VAIS Board.
In the year following the visit, the school is requested to provide a One Year Report of progress to VAIS.