GVP Earns SAIS Accreditation

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by Erikah Swift | December 28, 2021

Global Village Project (GVP) is proud to announce that we are now an accredited member of SAIS – the Southern Association of Independent Schools. To earn accreditation from SAIS, GVP complied with quality standards, was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals, and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school’s mission which is to reactivate the schooling of refugee girls, so that they can access all the benefits of a holistic education.  

A team representing SAIS conducted an on-site visit to review GVP’s self-study and standards compliance and its adherence to its mission. The team was comprised of diverse educational leaders from institutions across the region. The visiting team sought the answers to critical strategic questions the school answered during the process of preparing for the visit.  

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GVP Head of School, Elizabeth Elango, with SAIS Accreditation members: Tasha Wisehart, Krista Parker and Drew Scott

SAIS accredited member schools are part of an international network of accredited schools that have demonstrated success in educating children. As such, SAIS accreditation is recognized throughout the world as a symbol of quality in education for students and teachers. 

In today’s world of accountability in education, accreditation serves as a critical component of a school’s demonstrated effectiveness and ability to provide successful schooling for children. A school that is able to achieve accreditation demonstrates a commitment to a process that requires the school to meet a set of rigorous standards, to engage in a program of continuous school improvement and to demonstrate quality assurance to its stakeholders through self-evaluation and peer-review. SAIS accreditation provides schools access to an integrated network of services and technical assistance that supports every school’s ability to identify and meet its goals for improving the teaching and learning process and mission-focused outcomes for students.

“We are deeply honored by this accreditation,” says GVP CEO and Head of School, Elizabeth Elango. “This endorsement affirms the extraordinary and important work that our team does here at GVP, as well as the bold new strategic direction we are embarking on as we plan for growth.”

SAIS began its organizational life in 1903 as the Mid-South Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). In 1953, another organization began as the Southern Association of Independent Schools, providing a forum for independent school administrators to work with public schools through SACS and to contribute to the larger interest in accreditation in the Southeast. MAIS and SAIS merged in 1986 to form the present-day SAIS, which now works at the state, regional, and national levels, to serve and strengthen member schools through the promotion of the highest quality educational standards and ethical conduct. The mission of SAIS is to provide leadership, accreditation services, and professional development resources that will strengthen member schools as they fulfill their missions.

For more information, contact Dr. Cassie Leymarie at 404-371-0107