Standards and Indicators Checklist

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Standards and Indicators Checklist

Self Study Process : The school has conducted a Self Study that provides for reflection and for broad participation of the school community in a way that illustrates the school’s commitment to continual school improvement.

☐Indicator 1: The school has conducted its Self Study process in a way that assures that the responses to each section are the result of perspectives of people from both within and outside of the area being reviewed.

☐Indicator 2: The school has surveyed its faculty and staff, students, parents, and, if appropriate, alumni within three years of its accreditation visit for the purpose of reflection and continual improvement.

☐Indicator 3: The school has addressed all major recommendations from its previous accreditation visit (only for schools going through re-accreditation).

School Mission : The school’s mission is understood and supported by all constituencies.

☐Indicator 4: The school and its Board have reviewed its mission as the starting point in the Self Study process.

☐Indicator 5: The school has a clear mission that is effectively communicated.

School Culture : The school has an intentional culture, which supports the school’s mission and NWAIS’ core value of free and open inquiry.

☐Indicator 6: There is an intentional school culture.

☐Indicator 7: There is a strong correlation between the stated mission of the school and the culture that exists in the school.

☐Indicator 8: The school’s culture promotes free and open inquiry.

Commitment to Diversity : The school has created a program, culture, and inclusive community of students, families, trustees, faculty, and staff that reflect many perspectives and diverse backgrounds.

☐Indicator 9: The school’s overall program provides students with a school experience that is in keeping with the school’s commitment to diversity and the NWAIS Core Value of Commitment to Diversity.

☐Indicator 10: The school has defined what constitutes a diverse student body in accordance with the school’s mission and the NWAIS Core Value of Commitment to Diversity.

☐Indicator 11: The school makes a concerted effort to address the issue of diversity through hiring and training of staff appropriate to its mission statement and its definition of diversity, and the NWAIS Core Value of Commitment to Diversity.

School Program : The school provides a mission-congruent educational program designed and implemented to promote the development of its students and in keeping with NWAIS core values. The program benefits from ongoing assessment and research, is supported by necessary resources and services, and provides for the assessment of student progress consistent with the school’s mission.

☐Indicator 12: The school’s program is congruent with the school’s mission, philosophy and values.

☐Indicator 13: The school’s overall program provides students with a school experience that promotes free and open inquiry and diverse perspectives and that promotes other characteristics and capacities that students will need to lead purposeful, healthy and constructive lives.

☐Indicator 14: The school’s overall educational program and instructional practices stem from a set of underlying beliefs and assumptions about the ways students learn.

☐Indicator 15: The school utilizes quantitative and/or qualitative information to assess and improve its overall program.

☐Indicator 16: The school has clear and effective procedures for the assessment and communication of student progress and/or development.

☐Indicator 17: The school has a written curriculum guide.

☐Indicator 18: The school communicates and coordinates the program between departments, divisions and grade levels.

☐Indicator 19: The school has reflected upon what constitutes excellence in teaching in a way that is appropriate to the mission of the school.

☐Indicator 20: The school has developed the necessary services to nurture, support and meet the social, emotional, physical and learning needs of its students.

☐Indicator 21: The school develops information literacy in its students.

☐Indicator 22: The school’s online education and/or distance education is congruent with its mission and beliefs about how students learn. (Respond if your school utilizes online/distance education)

☐Indicator 23: The school has developed a co-curricular program congruent with the school mission and contributing to preparation of students to lead purposeful, healthy and constructive lives. (The co-curricular program may include clubs, sports, after-school activities, competitions, summer program, trips, etc.)

☐Indicator 24: The school has the necessary resources to support the overall educational program.

☐Indicator 25: Each of the school’s educational program components is effectively designed and implemented.
Residential Program : The residential program operates in a way that assures a balanced, thoughtfully planned, and mission consistent experience for students.

☐Indicator 26: The residential program has a written residential curriculum with defined goals and objectives that supports the school mission and adequately meets the needs of the residential students.

☐Indicator 27: The residential program is integrated into the total life of the School.

☐Indicator 28: The School accommodates students with different profiles and needs.

☐Indicator 29: Residential staff members are qualified by preparation and/or experience to meet the needs of students under their supervision.

Institutional Leadership : NWAIS schools are self-governing and self-supporting with an institutional leadership structure consisting of a governing board and a Head of School operating in a constructive partnership that provides for the effective oversight, planning, resource development, and day-to-day management adequate to sustain the school’s mission and vision.


☐Indicator 30: The school’s articles of incorporation and bylaws define and direct the school’s institutional leadership structure, policies, and procedures.


☐Indicator 31: The Head of School and the school’s governing body have developed an effective partnership.

☐Indicator 32: The governing body has conferred the appropriate authority necessary for the Head of School to effectively lead the day-to-day operations of the school.


☐Indicator 33: The school’s institutional leadership engages in long-range and strategic thinking as illustrated by having a strategic plan that covers at least a three year period and that drives the annual work of the school’s Institutional Leadership.

☐Indicator 34: The school’s governing body is of appropriate size, composition, and structure to achieve essential governance duties and support organization priorities.

☐Indicator 35: The school’s governing body has policies and procedures in place for orienting and educating its members.

☐Indicator 36: The school’s governing body keeps records of its meetings, committees and policies and communicates its decisions appropriately, while keeping its deliberations confidential.

☐Indicator 37: The governing body has a conflict of interest policy.

☐Indicator 38: The school’s governing body has processes to assess and improve its own effectiveness.

☐Indicator 39: The school’s institutional leadership has processes to assess and improve the effectiveness of the Head of School.


☐Indicator 40: The school’s governing body understands and acts upon its role in fundraising.

Administration : The school has an effective administration that enables the school to implement the school program in accordance with its mission, to carry out school policy, and to comply with applicable laws and regulations.

☐Indicator 41: The school has created an effective administrative structure that covers the essential areas of School Leadership, Development, Enrollment Management, School Operations, Financial Management, and Academic Leadership.

☐Indicator 42: The school’s administration has sufficient resources to conduct the school’s program.

☐Indicator 43: The school has processes in place to familiarize itself and comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations that apply to the school.

Finance : The school practices sound financial management, and its financial operations, resources, planning, and oversight are adequate to support the school’s mission and to sustain the school’s long-term viability and stability.

☐Indicator 44: The school has adequate current financial resources to support its operations.

☐Indicator 45: The school’s financial planning process assures the long-term viability of the school through a financial plan that covers at least a three year period, supports the school’s strategic plan, and drives the development of the school’s annual budget.

☐Indicator 46: The school follows practices sufficient for the governing body to provide oversight and guidance regarding financial operations.

☐Indicator 47: The school follows practices sufficient for the governing body to provide oversight and guidance regarding risk management.

☐Indicator 48: The school completes a full independent audit twice during an accreditation cycle no more than four years apart, one of which has to cover the fiscal year prior to the accreditation evaluation, and addresses issues raised in the management letter, if applicable.

☐Indicator 49: Auxiliary services are appropriately funded and mission appropriate.

☐Indicator 50: The school forthrightly and regularly communicates its financial status to appropriate constituencies.

Institutional Advancement : The school has an institutional advancement program that sufficiently supports the mission and program of the school.

☐Indicator 51: The school’s institutional advancement program is designed and operated in a way that supports the mission and program of the school.

☐Indicator 52: The school has sufficient resources to conduct its institutional advancement program.

☐Indicator 53: The school reviews its institutional advancement management program on a regular basis and revises it as needed.

☐Indicator 54: The school interacts constructively with its community and avails itself of community resources.

Enrollment Management : The school has defined what it means by a mission appropriate student and has an enrollment management program that sufficiently supports the mission and program of the school.

☐Indicator 55: The school has defined what it means by a mission appropriate student.

☐Indicator 56: The school has an enrollment management program that is designed and operated in a way that supports the school’s mission and program.

☐Indicator 57: The school has a financial assistance program that is designed and operated in a way that supports the school’s enrollment management program.

☐Indicator 58: The school has determined the desired number of students and achievable enrollment targets for the next three years or longer.

☐Indicator 59: The school has sufficient resources to conduct its enrollment management program.

Human Resources : The school has policies and practices in place to ensure that employees are well qualified, adequately compensated, appropriately supported through effective evaluation and strong professional development, and are sufficient in number to support the school’s efforts to achieve its mission.

☐Indicator 60: The school has effective hiring practices that result in well-qualified employees sufficient in number to support the school’s program.

☐Indicator 61: The school has compensation and evaluation systems in place that are well thought through and are clearly communicated to employees.

☐Indicator 62: The school has a strong professional development program.

☐Indicator 63: The school regularly reviews its compliance with applicable employment-related federal and state laws to manage risk.

☐Indicator 64: The school has an effective process for communicating essential Human Resources related information to employees.

School Plant : The school’s plant supports the mission and program of the school and is maintained over time in a manner that is sustainable.

☐Indicator 65: The school’s physical plant supports the school’s program in a manner consistent with its mission.

☐Indicator 66: The school demonstrates an ability to sustain the school’s current plant and location for at least a three-year period, or alternatively, has a realistic and sustainable plan for change of plant or location.

☐Indicator 67: The school demonstrates long-range facilities planning that is incorporated into the school’s strategic and long-range financial plans and addresses plant maintenance, improvement or expansion as correlated with projected enrollment, program growth, or institutional development and change.

☐Indicator 68: The school demonstrates annual and long-range budgeting practices and adequate asset allocation to support plant occupancy, maintenance, and safety.

☐Indicator 69: The school has adequate systems in place to support the technology needs of the program and the administration.

Health and Safety The school has established and effectively implemented policies and procedures that promote a safe and healthy school environment consistent with the mission of the school.

☐Indicator 70: The school evaluates risks to the health and safety of students and develops, reviews and disseminates policies and procedures with the goal of reducing hazards to health and safety.

☐Indicator 71: The school gives appropriate priority to operating its buildings, equipment, and grounds in a safe manner.

☐Indicator 72: The school implements plans to effectively supervise and instruct students with attention to their safety.

☐Indicator 73: The school has written procedures to deal with health, accident, injury and illness.

☐Indicator 74: The school has written emergency and crisis procedures and is prepared to implement them.

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