One Stone is pleased to announce that its high school is officially a member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS). The NWAIS is a regional accrediting association with over 110 independent schools in eight states and is an affiliate of the National Association of Independent schools (NAIS). As a result of One Stone’s very strong organizational standing and quality programming, the school was allowed to jump two levels of accreditation designations and were given immediate Subscriber Member status. By joining the Association as a Subscriber School, the One Stone Board and administration will continue to actively pursue full accreditation through NWAIS’ nationally recognized accreditation program. One Stone’s designation as an NWAIS Subscriber school is incredibly wonderful news and puts us on schedule for our ambitious goal of full accreditation by the spring of 2019.
For One Stone, accreditation offers our school a framework for institutional assessment and ongoing school improvement. It will help us in developing a system of accountability that will be specifically tailored to our needs and meet the dynamic nature of who we are and what we do. For our families, we know that accreditation will offer assurance of quality education and accountability. Parents can be confident that One Stone is continually striving to provide a unique and valuable experience for their children both today and in the years to come. And for our community supporters, accreditation ensures that we will continue to assess and reflect upon our commitment to our core values and effectiveness in delivering on our mission.
The benefits of Accreditation
As an NWAIS Subscriber Member school, One Stone will enjoy many of the benefits of a fully accredited school. To begin, colleges and universities will recognize our work and commitment towards full accreditation and understand the rigorous and thorough process that One Stone is undergoing to gain full accreditation with the NWAIS. One Stone will also benefit from being able to actively engage in NWAIS events and contribute to professional development. We will also have access to NWAIS online services and databases, will be able to participate in accreditation site visits, and will enjoy the many benefits that collegial relations with other NWAIS schools have to offer.