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NYSAIS Accreditation

On January 21, 2015 Sr. Virginia O’Brien, S.U., President, announced that Notre Dame School of Manhattan was recommended for accreditation by the NYSAIS Commission of Accreditation and approved by the NYSAIS Board of Trustees at their meeting held on January 21, 2016. The New York State of Independent schools is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, “to evaluate and accredit nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools operating within the State of New York and, as concerns New York corporations with branches in other states and countries, to evaluate and accredit those consistent with the laws, rules and regulations of host states and countries.”  Additionally, NYSAIS is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation which includes nineteen regional and state accrediting agencies. As a member of the NAIS Commission on Accreditation, the NYSAIS accreditation process is recognized across the United States and throughout the world.

A NYSAIS accreditation represents the culmination of an in-depth self-study that includes an exhaustive internal and external examination of all aspects of the school community including mission and culture, governance, educational program, student and student services, finance and school operations, parents, faculty, and non-teaching personnel, community relations, and communications. Through a process of continual self-improvement that includes visiting teams of professionals from outside the school community, Notre Dame School of Manhattan has fulfilled the accreditation requirements for an independent school.

According to Dr. Mark W. Lauria, NYSAIS Executive Director, “the rigorous accreditation process that each NYSAIS school undergoes represents a significant commitment of time and energy allowing the school and NYSAIS to thoroughly examine all facets of the school as part of the continuous improvement that is needed to best serve students and their families. Notre Dame School of Manhattan is to be commended for their participation in this important process of self-improvement. 

For more information about NYSAIS visit: www.nysais.org
For more information about Notre Dame’s NYSAIS Accreditation, contact: Roisin Clarke, Strategic Vision Coordinator, at clarker@cheznous.org


Middle States Accreditation

The Validation Team from Middle States, who visited Notre Dame School in April, 2009 was pleased to recommend to the Middle States Commission that it granted accreditation for Notre Dame School of Manhattan.

Notre Dame School met the commitments and requirements of the Accreditation for Growth protocol:
  • A focus on student performance and growth
  • A culture of accountability for student performance
  • A planning ethic
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Involvement of its community stakeholders
  • Foundational documents: a mission, beliefs and a profile of graduates
  • A Plan for Growth and Improvement that focuses on measurable objectives for growing and improving student performance and plans to achieve the objectives
  • A plan for continuous monitoring and adjusting the Plan to be responsive to results

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