Announcement – Tidewater Academy Earns Prestigious VAIS Accreditation

May 2015 – Wakefield, VA – Tidewater Academy, an independent school for children in preschool through grade twelve, has earned full reaccreditation from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).  Founded in 1973, VAIS has been the leader for promoting educational, ethical, and professional excellence for Virginia’s best independent schools.  Its accreditation program is one of a select few recognized at the national level through the National Association of Independent School’s Commission on Accreditation and is also recognized and approved by the Virginia Board of Education through the Virginia Council for Private Education.

“Parents can be sure that when choosing a VAIS-accredited school for their children that the school has been through an intense period of self-reflection and evaluation which strengthens the entire institution,” said Betsy Hunroe, Executive Director of VAIS.  The voluntary accreditation process is a rigorous undertaking involving a comprehensive self-study, including feedback from all constituent groups.  A visiting team comprised of peer evaluators from other independent schools spends time on campus reviewing the school’s reports and curriculum, visiting classrooms, and observing campus life.  The team’s report is submitted for accreditation approval by the VAIS Board of Directors.

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VAIS LogoTidewater Academy is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).  The Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE), as authorized by the Virginia Board of Education, recognizes Tidewater Academy’s VAIS accreditation.  The Virginia Council for Private Education has deemed VAIS a valid accrediting agency for private schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

As an independent school, Tidewater Academy develops its own curriculum and instructional standards.  These standards are reviewed and refined regularly by Tidewater Academy’s administration and staff.  Participation in professional development is required annually of all staff to expand and enhance content knowledge and teaching methods.

Accreditation is important for several reasons.  It assures a community that a school is a trustworthy institution of learning.  Many colleges and universities prefer, or require, applicants who have graduated from an accredited school.  Accreditation also supports continual improvement of a school’s programs and operations.  Tidewater Academy’s VAIS accreditation is comprehensive and ongoing, validating and certifying its educational program and institutional integrity.  VAIS has certified Tidewater Academy with a multi-year accreditation, which involves a periodic self study and evaluation visit by a committee of VAIS peers.

VAIS Reaccreditation Visit – November  2014