Accreditation

The ultimate goal of the accreditation process is the enhancement of student learning and growth in our schools.

For more than 30 years AISNE has been accrediting our member elementary schools. AISNE’s accreditation process is an important service to our members and helps assure the independence of our schools.

Key Benefits
  • Strengthen commitment and congruence to mission.
  • Facilitate institutional reflection and self-evaluation.
  • Affirm the strengths of the school.
  • Help identify areas for improvement.
  • Provide structure and a timetable for institutional reflection, dialogue, and change.
  • Allow for performance measurement against a wide range of standards of good practice.
  • Demonstrate the school’s willingness to be held professionally accountable.
  • Enhance credibility with its immediate constituents and with the community at large.
  • Demonstrate that the school is part of the larger entity of independent school education.
  • Focus on the institution rather than on individuals which helps to ensure the long-term health of the school.

Elementary and middle schools interested in accreditation by AISNE should contact Assistant Executive Director Bonnie Ricci at 781-843-8440 x461.

AISNE Accreditation - Criteria for Schools
AISNE-accredited schools must have:

  • A clear statement of mission and philosophy.
  • Three or more consecutive grades in kindergarten through grade 9 or equivalent.
  • Incorporation as a not-for-profit organization as attested by federal and state records.
  • A non-discrimination statement as required by law.
  • An appropriately constituted and substantially independent governing board, in accordance with the by-laws of the corporation.
  • Policies and procedures to ensure that any perceived or actual conflicts of interest for board members are disclosed and managed appropriately.
  • Annual financial audit, performed by an independent certified public accountant, that demonstrates adequate financial resources to carry out its mission.

AISNE is a member in good standing of the NAIS Commission on Accreditation. The AISNE accreditation program is reviewed every 10 years by members of the Commission.