Licensing of elementary and secondary educational institutions is important because it provides an independent, third-party assessment of a school’s safety, sustainability and program quality.
About 160 private and parochial schools are registered in Hawai‘i. HAIS licenses about 120 of them through its subsidiary, the Hawai‘i Council of Private Schools (HCPS). At least once every three years, educators from other licensed schools visit campuses to make sure the school’s fire safety, health department certificates, financial records, academic programs and certificates of occupancy are in order and up to date. The process helps to determine if the school provides a safe, secure and healthy learning environment, has a documented curriculum with faculty qualified to present that curriculum.
If schools choose to be accredited, the licensing process is usually part of the accreditation process. Licensing and accreditation together help ensure parents and students that their school will be safe, secure and sustainable.
Most colleges and universities will not take transcripts from unlicensed schools.