Riverside Preparatory Academy Earns SAIS Continued Accreditation

Valarie Reeves
Gainesville, GA - The Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) announces continued accreditation of Riverside Preparatory Academy, which was first accredited more than 100 years ago in 1922. To earn accreditation from SAIS, Riverside complied with quality standards, was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals, and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school’s mission, which is:

To produce leaders of character prepared for success in college and beyond through the provision of a rigorous academic program, leadership opportunities, competitive athletics, extensive co-curricular activities, and the structure and discipline inherent in a preparatory school using the military model of leadership development.

A team representing SAIS conducted an on-site visit to review the school’s self-study and standards compliance as well as its adherence to its mission. The team consisted of diverse educational leaders from institutions across the region. The visiting team sought the answers to critical strategic questions the school answered during the process of preparing for the visit. 

SAIS accredited member schools are part of an international network of accredited schools that have demonstrated success in education. 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.

Riverside Prep is a preparatory boarding and day school serving young men in grades 6-12. Located in Gainesville, GA, Riverside offers signature programs including aerospace engineering, cyber security, fine arts, and specializes in mentorship, brotherhood,and academic achievement. Riverside Prep proudly implements a military model of education, refined and focused to bring out the absolute best in young men. Similar principles that are applied in the development of great military men are utilized and carefully optimized with the specific goal of building simply great men.
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