Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)

SAIS-SACS Accreditation

Since 2004, SAIS has offered accreditation in partnership with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Like the SAIS-only process, SAIS-SACS accreditation is founded on three pillars of:

  • compliance with the standards and indicators

  • the completion of a self-study

  • a visit by a team of peer educators

This process allows SAIS members to pursue accreditation and to maintain the identity and mission that each school embraces. In the accreditation process, a school is asked to tell its story and to show how it works. SAIS-SACS accreditation assures that a school's efforts are driven by the mission of that school. An SAIS-SACS accreditation confirms that the school's intended efforts are actualized.

In the SAIS-SACS process, SAIS serves as the point of contact. All accreditation efforts are managed by SAIS, though accreditation is approved by both SAIS and SACS.


National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Georgia Independent School Association (GISA)
Southern Association of College Admission Counseling (SACAC)
National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)