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Independent Schools Must Meet Accreditation Standards

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A leading private school that offers education to students from lower-income families, Milton Hershey School has earned praise for its emphasis on top-notch academics. According to the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), the faculty at Milton Hershey School strive to provide the best possible academic experiences for the students they serve. PAIS provides accreditation to validate the quality of independent schools.

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Independent Schools Must Meet Accreditation Standards

  1. 1. Independent Schools Must Meet Accreditation Standards By Milton Hershey School
  2. 2. Introduction • A leading private school that offers education to students from lower-income families, Milton Hershey School has earned praise for its emphasis on top-notch academics. According to the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), the faculty at Milton Hershey School strive to provide the best possible academic experiences for the students they serve. PAIS provides accreditation to validate the quality of independent schools. Under the PAIS accreditation program, schools undergo evaluation in several areas including organization and administration, personnel, program, and health and safety.
  3. 3. Accreditation Standards • Each accredited school must have a clearly defined mission and philosophy, along with policies that promote diversity and sustainability. In addition, accredited schools must have a strong leadership structure that oversees implementation of its mission and academic programming. To achieve accreditation, schools must attain established standards in other key areas, such as communications, admission procedures, facilities, and financial management. The PAIS Commission on Accreditation examines each school's compliance with each key evaluation area when making accreditation decisions.

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