SDS earns reaccreditation through SAIS/Cognia

Spartanburg Day School has successfully completed the rigorous dual accreditation process offered by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and Cognia, both prestigious accreditation agencies that promote and require high-quality education and a continuous commitment to strategic improvement among member schools. 

In November, SDS was evaluated by a team of highly regarded peer professionals during a two-day onsite visit to review the school’s self-study and standards compliance and its adherence to its mission to provide a superior educational experience, in a community of trust, that prepares students for a life well lived. The team was comprised of diverse educational leaders from some of the finest institutions in the southeast. 

SDS has maintained its accreditation since becoming the first independent school in the state of South Carolina to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1967.

SAIS/Cognia member schools are part of an international network of accredited schools that have demonstrated success in educating children. As such, accreditation is recognized throughout the world as a symbol of quality in education for students and teachers. The organizations provide leadership, accreditation services and professional development resources to its members to strengthen them as they fulfill their missions. 

“The process of self-study is a rigorous exercise designed to improve our school and provide us with a plan for the future,” said Head of School Rachel Deems. “I am pleased that Spartanburg Day School chooses to pursue dual accreditation through SAIS/Cognia as this level of accreditation is recognized by individuals and state, regional, national and international agencies as the highest level of accreditation for educational standards and ethical conduct. Our faculty and staff are to be commended for their commitment to the highest levels of excellence in independent school education as evidenced by the reaccreditation.”

In its final report, the visiting accreditation team concluded that Spartanburg Day School is a “well run school with a focus on best serving its students and mission. It is clear to us that the leadership is positioning the school for its best path forward. The faculty are deeply committed to the school and the board understands the value of good governance. In summary, we believe that the school is focused on the right things and committed to serving its students.”

“SAIS is a valuable and highly regarded organizational resource for our school,” Deems said. “To be accredited and reviewed by a SAIS peer committee provides quality assurance to our current constituents and future families who consider the Day School for their children's education.”