Why is Accreditation Important?
- Accreditation informs the public that the school is a trustworthy institution.
- Accreditation validates the integrity of a school's program.
- Accreditation fosters improvement of the school's programs and operations to support student learning.
- Accreditation assures the school community that the school's purposes are appropriate and accomplished through a viable educational program.
- Accreditation is a way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment.
- Accreditation assists a school in prioritizing areas for improvement as a result of the perpetual accreditation cycle that include:
- School self-assessment of the current educational program for students
- Insight and perspective from the visiting committee
- Regular school staff assessment of progress through the intervening years between full self-studies
"Accredited schools agree to a comprehensive set of standards which define good schools... In addition, these standards are used to drive ongoing institutional change and improvement. Because the school must develop an action plan for the future, you can be sure that at whatever level the school is today, it will be better tomorrow."
~ Robert Witt, Former Executive Director of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS)
Montessori School of Maui Receives 7 Year Accreditation Term From HAIS/WASC
The Board of Directors of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) has awarded our school with the Full Membership of seven years with a mid-term visit. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has also awarded Montessori School of Maui the full seven year accreditation. The board recognizes the overall quality of the school; the strength of its program, board of trustees and leadership; and its commitment to school improvement. The seven year accreditation is the highest term any school can receive.