The VAIS Accreditation Committee appointed a Visiting Team for our ten-year accreditation visit to receive the North Cross School report, curriculum and other pertinent information in advance of the December 4-6 visit. The process began months ago as all divisions and departments began the task of gathering and organizing all of the necessary documentation. Jennifer Landry, my partner in this process and Steering Committee Chair, spent a great deal of time on the project – it could not have happened without her careful attention to every detail.
Once they had finished their work on campus, team members voted on NCS having met VAIS membership standards. I am happy to report we passed all standards!
Before leaving campus, the team met with faculty and staff to conduct an exit meeting. They made special note of the school’s hospitality, the collegiality and commitment of the faculty and the positive strides the school has made in the past five years - as well as its potential over the next five.
As one member of the team said “The accreditation process allows us to dream where we want to go as well as provide quality assurance to ensure we are strong and healthy.”
This process was so important for us as a school. Not only for the very necessary accreditation, but also because it afforded us the chance to reflect and self-examine. All of our existing programs were carefully documented and prepared for the visiting team, and in doing so we came away knowing what we do here is truly outstanding.
We came together as a team to show VAIS what we already know – North Cross School is a special and exceptional place. I am so proud of the commitment our faculty and staff exhibit each day. We showed well and we’re dreaming big – it is indeed a good time to be at NCS.