Accreditation is a school's seal of approval. St John's is very proud to be dual-accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools. Both groups are members of the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA). This status affirms our institutional quality and commitment to our mission, and it aligns us with the nation's finest independent schools.
We also hold memberships in several other outstanding educational associations. This signals our high standards and commitment to ongoing improvement.
What is Accreditation?
Independent School accreditation is a peer-review process that fosters excellence in education and encourages school improvement through discovery, dialogue, compliance, and commitment. Accreditation enables a member school to develop clearly defined goals and objectives based on its mission and philosophy.
Accreditation is both a process and a status. It is the process of reviewing schools and their programs to assess their educational quality – how well they serve students and society. The result of the successfully completed process is the designation of “accredited” status.
All accrediting organizations use common practices, including a self study by the school against the standards, an on-site visit by an evaluation group of peer experts and a subsequent review and decision by the accrediting body about accredited status. This review is repeated every five to ten years if the institution or program is to sustain its accreditation.
The Value of Accreditation
It signals our commitment to continuously improve as a school and give our students that best possible educational experiences. Many of our alumni attend similarly accredited schools, and this rigorous process lets us know we are fully preparing St. John's graduates 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.