Accreditation is a voluntary process of self-evaluation and continuous improvement that reflects compliance with required standards/indicators, involves a self-study, and includes a peer review by educators from other schools.
SAIS accreditation is designed specifically for independent schools. The process respects and recognizes each school’s story, culture, history, mission, and goals, while still fulfilling stringent and focused compliance requirements.
SAIS partners with multiple agencies to accredit or co-accredit member schools, including:
In a process similar to school accreditation, SAIS voluntarily participates in a rigorous and impartial review of its own accreditation model by several independent groups, including:
SAIS is specifically named as an accepted accreditor in state law and/or Department of Education administrative code in many states. The federal government recognizes SAIS accreditation for the purposes of issuing student exchange documentation through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes SAIS accreditation in determining athletic eligibility for incoming student-athletes.