Private School Accreditation Process

by NYC Firm Schools on May 8, 2009

Creative Commons License photo credit: hans s

Every parent has the right to know and understand a schools’ accreditation status. In addition to that, knowing who issued the accreditation and what the standards are for it should all be information that is easily accessed by interested parents and students. In the public school arena, it is a hot topic among parents, students and educational professionals because some schools, due a number of reasons, fail to fulfill their obligations to students and it results in the school’s accreditation being taken away and government and state funding being stripped.

Because Firm Schools are not funded by the government, they can make their own rules and regulations, however it became clear early on that some sort of accreditation system must be created as a check/balance to ensure the proper education of students in private facilities.

In general, independent elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. are accredited by regional and/or state accrediting associations.

Accreditation is a system of accountability that is:

  • Ongoing
  • Voluntary
  • Comprehensive in scope

The associations in the process take into account the differences in institutional populations, missions, and cultures, and foster institutional change grounded in the judgment of practicing educators. The accreditation process is based on standards which are developed and regularly reviewed by the member institutions and which define the characteristics of good schools and colleges.

When a school has received it’s accreditation, it indicates that the school meets or exceeds the standards and criteria that have been set by a peer group process. An accredited school is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes, is demonstratably doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

Related Posts

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: