Standards for Member Schools
The Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) is an organization of member schools that advocates on behalf of independent education in Hawaii and participates actively in the educational dialogue in our community. It provides services that strengthen our individual schools, and it supports their efforts to achieve educational quality and excellence for students. HAIS facilitates collaborative efforts among member schools on issues of mutual concern, as well as partnerships to address shared needs. Membership in the Association is predicated on each school’s adherence to these HAIS Standards for Member Schools.
- Ethical—The Association exists to promote high ethical practices among independent schools in Hawaii.
- Financial—The Association expects each member to offer evidence of fiscal stability.
- Governance—The Association supports the development of and adherence to best practices in governance which designates the school head as the leader of the school.
- Teaching—The Association advocates that faculty members display a high order of professionalism, dedication to the teaching profession and commitment to the growth and development of each child.
- Philosophical—The Association requires that each school clearly state its mission and develop programs and educational practices that support its fulfillment.
Standards of Membership
In order to qualify for full membership in the Association, and thus qualify for all of the benefits of membership, a school must meet all of the following standards:
- Each member school must be accredited by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. Private independent schools holding full accreditation from another accrediting agency may be admitted to full membership in the Association if the standards in that accreditation process include the core standards of the Association, and the agency is recognized by the Association as a legitimate accrediting body.
- All member schools must be 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations or, if for-profit, must have a governance structure consistent with independent school best practices in governance. The governing body must have established procedures for developing school policy and delineating its responsibilities.
- Each member school must adhere to the highest standards of public integrity, honoring all promises made to its various constituencies and to the general public, and avoiding misleading statements about its programs, situation or status.
- Each school must have a clear statement of its objectives and purposes. All individuals and groups—governing body, professional staff, students and parents—associated with a school should have an understanding of these goals.
- Employment and admission practices must be non-discriminatory and in conformance with federal and state statutes.
- Each school must make available to the families of newly enrolled students information concerning their financial responsibility to the school.