Hampton Roads International Montessori School Receives Candidacy Approval for SAIS Accreditation

Hampton Roads International Montessori School Receives Candidacy Approval for SAIS Accreditation
Newport News, VA
22 January 2019

Hampton Roads International Montessori School has now been approved as a member and candidate for accreditation of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). To earn accreditation from SAIS, HRIMS will show how they meet and exceed quality standards, will be evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals, and will continue to implement a school-wide plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school's mission which is to nurture the development of each child to reach his or her fullest potential in a culturally diverse environment that is firmly grounded in the Montessori philosophy.

Established in 1992, HRIMS encourages students to learn at a pace with which they are comfortable, one that gives them the freedom and drive to succeed and reach new levels academically and socially. The Montessori classroom is deliberately designed to facilitate the independent development of the child. An environment is created that meets the innate desires and needs of young children to adapt, explore, learn, grow, and reach their full potential as a lifelong learner.

Hampton Roads International Montessori School now has 112 students enrolled, beginning in their toddler classroom at 16 months of age and continuing through grade 6. HRIMS is currently working with Williamsburg Montessori and Gloucester Montessori on the possible creation of a Regional Montessori Middle School for 2020.

HRIMS offers a time tested, child-centered approach to education. It is a creative, innovative and individualized program that recognizes the natural curiosity and inherent desire of the child to learn. Children work at their own pace as they develop physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. All of this takes place in a naturally peaceful environment that is both nurturing and stimulating. With guidance from trained teachers, the child explores and discovers his world through his own hands-on experiences with specially designed, interactive learning materials. Montessori education empowers children to become confident, creative, critical thinkers.

A team representing SAIS will conduct an on-site visit to review this school's self-study and standards compliance and its adherence to its mission. The team will be comprised of diverse educational leaders from some of the finest institutions in the southeast. The visiting team will seek out the answers to critical questions the school asked of itself.

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.

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.

The school is located at 11790 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 200 in the Oyster Point Park of Newport News. Hampton Roads International Montessori School values a respect for the student and diversity in all areas.

For more information, contact Michelle D'Antonio at 757-873-8950.

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