The process of accreditation is ongoing for Hawai’i’s Independent Schools. A full term of accreditation is seven years. Therefore, every seven years, at least, schools embark on a full self-study process where they look at how well the school continues to live up to its own stated mission and how effectively it meets or exceeds the standards of expectation held for Hawai’i’s accredited independent schools in preparation for a one to three day visit by a committee of peers.
The Board of Directors of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools reviews the school and visiting committee documentation and awards the accreditation status to a school.
The following are the current terms of accreditation for HAIS and joint HAIS/WASC accreditation.
- Seven-Year Accreditation Status with a Mid-Cycle Progress Report in Year 4
- Seven-Year Accreditation Status with a Mid-Cycle Progress Report and Visit in Year 4 (One-Day Visit, Two-Day Visit, along with any additionally specified requirements)
- Probationary Accreditation Status with an In-depth Progress Report and Two-Day Visit ( Either a Two-year or One-year Accreditation Status)
- Denial of Accreditation.