Engaging in the deliberative, reflective, and continuous VAIS accreditation process

Membership is offered only to those schools accredited by VAIS.
Benefits of Membership
  • Rigorous and proven accreditation process
  • Personalized professional staff support for individual schools
  • Professional development offerings that are grounded in best practice and responsive to current and future needs of independent schools
  • Prominent representation and recognition at the national level
  • Legislative representation that safeguards independence of member schools
  • Networking opportunities within a broad range of independent schools
Membership Requirements
  • Articulating a clearly stated mission and guiding principles of both education and inclusivity
  • Upholding non-discriminatory policies and practices in admissions, employment, and all other aspects of school operation, as provided by law
  • Incorporating as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under IRS ruling
  • Adhering to governance by an independent Board of Trustees
  • Practicing academic integrity, i.e., academic freedom to promote diversity in pedagogy and curriculum without restriction to any single dogma
  • Paying annual VAIS dues
  • Participating in VAIS membership through: Accreditation maintenance (including submission of annual data), evaluation, and adherence to VAIS Standards for Membership; VAIS professional development and accreditation teams; Annual report submission; and Representation at one of the bi-annual business meetings and all special meetings during the fiscal year
  •  Aspiring to the Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of Independent Schools
Recognition of VAIS Accreditation
  • The Virginia State Board of Education recognizes VAIS accreditation through approval by the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE).
    • Guarantees the transfer of student credits to a public school
    • Recognizes teacher licensure credits for time served in an accredited independent school
    • Approves VAIS as an accrediting body of independent schools for university and college admissions
  • Comprised of state, regional, and international accrediting associations, the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA), recognizes VAIS accreditation.
  •  All VAIS member accredited schools are eligible for certification by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP); certification is required in order to enroll F1 Visa non-immigrant students. VAIS is a recognized SEVP accreditor.     
  • The College Board recognizes VAIS as an accrediting body for secondary schools located in Virginia.
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