Accreditation

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St. John's Episcopal School is accredited by both the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES), both of which are members of the National Association of Independent Schools' (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation*. Per NAIS, this standing means that St. John's “meets or exceeds standards and criteria for the assessment of institutional quality…An accredited school has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through the appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.” It affirms institutional integrity regarding mission. It also places us in company with the nation's finest independent schools.

The Process

Gaining and maintaining accreditation is an ongoing, voluntary and comprehensive process.

  • Every 10 years, a school must undergo a rigorous self-study. As part of this self-study, the school examines all aspects of its program and operations, leading to goals for improvement.
  • The school also must submit extensive documentation that it adheres to agency standards in areas such as governance, safety and business practices.
  • In addition, a team of peer educators visits for three days and prepares a thorough report with suggestions for improvement and any required changes.
  • Both three and seven years after this visit, the school submits interim reports on how it has responded to the items in the report.

Then the cycle begins anew. Done correctly, it's a wonderfully invigorating process for a school community.

The Result

It also signals St. John's commitment to improve continuously as a school that well serves our students and their families. Many of our alumni attend similarly accredited schools, and this rigorous process lets us know we are fully preparing them for the challenges they will face. Ultimately, we feel confident that young people leave St. John's poised to thrive in upper school and in life.

*National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation NAIS certifies that the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), a member of the Commission on Accreditation, has voluntarily submitted to a rigorous and impartial review of its accreditation program and demonstrated its adherence to the Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices. NAIS commends ISAS and confirms its confidence in the quality of the association's accreditation program for its independent schools.

The Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES) is a member in good standing of the NAIS Commission on Accreditation. It has voluntarily agreed to abide by the Commission's Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices and to submit to a thorough review and evaluation of its accreditation standards, criteria, and procedures. SAES is recognized by three state agencies and by 11 Episcopal dioceses within the six states served by the association.