The Standards Committee presents a recommendation on accreditation and membership to the Board of Directors and to the membership of the Association.
Revised July 2002
Financial Obligations of Applicant and Member Schools
An applicant school must submit the Application Fee with the Application for Membership and must submit the Evaluation Fee if the Standards Committee grants permission to proceed with Documentation of Adherence to Standards. The applicant school is responsible for all expenses of any ISAS visit to the school, including preliminary visits and the Accreditation Visit.
An applicant school accepted for membership in the Association at the fall meeting of the Association will pay one-half of annual Association dues upon notification of acceptance.
Annual Association dues are payable on July 1 and are based on a school’s enrollment at the opening of the preceding academic year as submitted by the school. Dues consist of a base fee plus an assessment for each student according to that student’s level, either Preschool or K-12.
A member school is responsible for all expenses of evaluations and visits involved in the accreditation process.
A member school arranging for governance or strategic planning workshops conducted by ISAS staff will be responsible for travel, meals, and lodging expenses along with the fee set by the Finance Committee for such services.
Fees for conferences and workshops for heads of school, administrator groups, beginning teachers, etc. will be determined by the ISAS staff and charged on a participation basis.Revised July 2000
The Evaluation Process
ISAS evaluation and
accreditation are ongoing processes. The accreditation process is
designed to achieve the dual purpose of accountability and school
improvement. Member schools progress through a ten-year evaluation cycle,
Accreditation Visit - Year 1
Members of an ISAS
Visiting Committee review the school’s Self Study, Documentation of Adherence
to Standards, program, and mission adherence during the Accreditation
Visit. The Accreditation Visit provides a goal toward which Self Study
progresses. 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 identifies recommendations
which assist the school in continued improvement. The report is submitted
to the Standards Committee for recommendation to the ISAS Board of Directors on
Interim Report - Years 5
The school’s response
to Summary Recommendations provides the structure for the Interim Report in the
fifth year of the accreditation cycle. The Interim Report also requires
updated information on:
- The school’s financial condition
- Non-discriminatory practices
- Health and safety code compliance
- Faculty development
- Faculty census
- Student enrollment and placement
- 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
the mission, its strengths, and areas which call for improvement. Self
Study involves a broad cross section of the school’s constituents (faculty,
administrators, trustees, parents, students, and alumni/ae) and leads to
exploration of ways to improve the school’s program and operations.
Adherence to Standards is completed as part of Self Study to demonstrate the
school’s compliance with ISAS Standards. This report consists of
narrative responses and explanations, school data and statistics, and copies of
documents and requested school policies, handbooks, and publications.
Each school submits
an Annual Report at the beginning of each academic year which provides a brief
assessment of the school while relating any substantive changes.Revised March 2015
A member school has the right to appear before the Standards Committee to contest any recommendation or decision for adverse accrediting action. The procedures for appeal are:
- A school will be notified in writing that the Standards Committee, at a regularly scheduled meeting, deferred action on the school’s report until its next regularly scheduled meeting. The notification will include the reasons for deferral and the reasons for any proposed adverse accrediting action. Communication will occur within four weeks of the meeting at which such action is taken.
- The school may request that its representative(s) appear before the Standards Committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting to make appeal or submit additional information.
- A school wishing to contest a decision of the Standards Committee may make application to the Executive Director to have its representative(s) appear before the Board of Directors. The intention of the school to make this appeal must be submitted in writing to the ISAS Executive Director no less than twenty-four hours before the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors at which the accreditation of the school is to be considered.
Non-Member Schools Denied ISAS Membership
A non-member school may appeal a decision denying Association accreditation and membership through the following procedures:
- The school will be notified in writing that the Standards Committee, at a regularly scheduled meeting, deferred action on the school’s application for membership until its next regularly scheduled meeting. The notification will include the reasons for deferral as well as notice of the Committee’s intention to recommend against accreditation and membership. Communication will occur within four weeks of the meeting at which such action is taken.
- The school may request that its representative(s) appear before the Standards Committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting to appeal or to submit additional information.
- If the applying school so requests, its application, along with the Standards Committee recommendation and rationale, will be submitted to the Board of Directors for review at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. The Board of Directors shall appoint a review committee to consider the application and the Standard Committee’s recommendation. The review committee shall report to the Board of Directors no later than the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.
- The applying school is entitled to have its representative(s) appear before the Board of Directors to make appeal before formal action is taken. The request of the school for time on the agenda of the Board meeting must be filed with the ISAS Executive Director at least twenty-four hours before the regularly scheduled Board meeting at which action is to be taken on the school’s application for membership.
Amended November 1987, Revised July 2002