Accreditation Cycle

ISAS evaluation and accreditation are ongoing processes. Member schools proceed through a ten-year evaluation cycle, as follows:

Accreditation Visit—Year 1

Members of an ISAS Visiting Committee assess the accuracy of the school's Self Study, evaluate the effectiveness of the school's programs, measure the concurrence of the school's programs with its stated mission, and make recommendations to assist the school in continued improvement. An ISAS Visiting Committee is chaired by the head of an ISAS school and is composed of faculty members and administrators from ISAS schools. The Report of the Visiting Committee is submitted to the appropriate commission of the Standards Committee for recommendation to the ISAS Board of Directors on reaccreditation.

Interim Reports I and II—Years 4 and 7

The school responds to Summary Recommendations made in the Report of the Visiting Committee and to any other requests made by the Standards Committee. Interim Reports also require updated information on

  • The school’s financial condition,
  • Non-discriminatory practices,
  • Health and safety code compliance,
  • Faculty development,
  • Faculty census,
  • Student enrollment and placement, and
  • Any substantive changes that impact school operations.

Self Study and Documentation of Adherence to Standards—Year 10

Self Study affords a school the opportunity for reflection on its mission, its efforts to fulfill that mission, its strengths, and areas which call for improvement. The Self Study should involve a broad cross section of the school’s constituents (faculty, students, trustees, administrators, parents, and alumni/ae) and should lead to exploration of ways to improve the school’s program and operations. The process seeks to lead the school community toward clearer knowledge of what constitutes maximum success in fulfilling its mission and understanding of challenges and opportunities.

The Documentation of Adherence to Standards is also completed during the year of Self Study to demonstrate the school’s compliance with ISAS Standards. While the Self Study process calls for qualitative analysis, reflection, and identification of action for school improvement, the Documentation of Adherence to Standards is a more objective report which includes narrative responses and explanations, school data and statistics, and copies of documents and requested school policies, handbooks, and publications.

Other Reports

The Standards Committee has the authority to require other reports responding to specific issues from member schools.