Friends School of Minnesota is accredited by ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States). The cycle of ISACS accreditation is a seven year cycle and we are now in year three: Host an ISACS accreditation visiting team chaired by an ISACS head of school trained in the ISACS accreditation process.
Last year (2015-16) all of FSM’s faculty, staff and school committee members, along with many students, alumni, and current parents, worked to write a comprehensive self-study examining aspects of school life ranging from facilities to equity and justice. There were more than thirty committees which worked from September through April to tell our school’s story, identify our strengths, highlight known challenges, and begin the process of planning our future work.
This September, we will be submitting our self-study report (over 110 pages long!) to ISACS, along with more than 200 addenda supporting the study. This report will be read by a team of ten teachers and administrators from across the Midwest.
In October, this team will come to FSM for a three-day visit and will examine our school in action, comparing it to our self-study. By the end of their visit, the team will have written a report on their findings which will include commendations for the work we are doing well, and recommendations for areas on which we might direct our future work.
After the visiting team leaves, the school will take its feedback, along with our self-study results, and report to the school community on the major areas of school life: community, program, student services, governance, and decision making.
We are excited to open our doors to the ISACS visiting team and invite them to learn about our school as part of the accreditation process. We have a strong school and look forward to showing it off to our fellow educators.