Why Schools Seek Accreditation
    All good schools continually evaluate their performance by means of their own devising. Without evaluation an institution ossifies, and in a changing world it loses its meaning for society. But the view a school takes of itself needs periodically to be supplemented by an external view, one that brings a perspective the school cannot command.
    Formal evaluation combines self-scrutiny with external review by a committee of peers, both processes being guided by the NYSAIS Manual for Evaluation and Accreditation. The Manual gives structure, direction, and scope to the undertaking that goes beyond that which a school might ordinarily elect. The external review brings observations, comments, and suggestions possible only for those who are not immersed in the daily concerns of a school’s life.
    The object in evaluation is to assist the school in better realizing its objectives, to support rather than to inspect, to enhance the school’s unique character rather than to impose a common design. Thus, a school is evaluated in terms of its own purposes and objectives, not those of some remote authority. This is fundamental.

Reasons to Seek Accreditation
• Accreditation attests to a school’s quality in terms everyone readily understands. To say that a school is accredited is to say that it has met many tests without having to explain at length the nature of those tests.
• Accreditation strengthens the voice of NYSAIS in speaking collectively for the interests of independent schools.
• Accreditation satisfies a basic requirement for regular membership in NYSAIS and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
• Accreditation affords additional protection against over-involvement of government in independent schools.
• Accreditation is an essential credential in much corporate and foundation fundraising.
• Accreditation facilitates school and college admission, transfers, and admission of foreign students.

View the NYSAIS Manual for Evaluation and Accreditation

For further information contact Judith Sheridan or George Swain

NYSAIS Events Registration
© 2013 NYSAIS

site map   |   privacy policy
contact us
17 Elk Street (First Floor)
Albany, NY 12207
Tel: 518-694-5500
Fax: 518-694-5501

© 2013 New York State Association of Independent Schools

  |   
site map   |   privacy policy   |   contact us
17 Elk Street (First Floor)     Albany, NY 12207     Tel: 518-694-5500     Fax: 518-694-5501

powered by finalsite