The SAIS Accreditation Portal is used to complete the following three components.
The School Snapshot is a very brief overview of the school. It serves as the introductory material for the visiting team and is automatically ported into the final visit report. Responses should be brief and directly address each question.
SAIS uses the standard and indicator model whereby the school demonstrates adherence to all indicators and therefore, by definition, meets the particular standard. Schools respond to all indicators in the SAIS Accreditation Portal.
To address an indicator, the school:
A school must demonstrate compliance with ALL standards and indicators to be accredited, reaccredited, and/or maintain accreditation. The responses to standards and indicators are initially read and confirmed by the visiting team chair at the time of the pre-visit and fully confirmed by the visiting team at the time of the visit.
The school report tells the school’s story and offers a clear view of the school from several perspectives and aspirational goals. It requires identifying, demonstrating, and documenting a continuous process of improvement. The basis of this report is the school’s self-study, which:
A school can use any self-study method recognized in the independent school world:
The three basic requirements of any self-study:
The goal of the self-study process is to identify three to five major goals for school improvement. The school report documents the self-study process and thoroughly describes the school’s plan to achieve these goals.
The visiting team will focus most of its efforts responding to your School Report for Growth. It should reflect the aspirations of the school during this planning cycle and should be presented as a continuous narrative rooted in the school mission and reflective of the characteristics of the school community.