BFS Welcomes PAIS Visitors
BFS recently hosted six members of an accreditation visiting team assigned by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS). PAIS is a not-for-profit voluntary membership organization serving more than 100 independent schools, representing close to 40,000 compulsory school age students, in Pennsylvania and Delaware. As an association which provides member services, PAIS represents and supports independent schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Delaware. It develops and offers services which strengthen member schools, including, but not limited to, a means to standards-based accreditation for schools nursery through grade 12, professional development for school personnel, legislative updates and analyses, and promotion and advocacy locally and nationally.
Every 10 years, PAIS affiliated schools must go through a full accreditation review process, which is structured around carefully thought-out standards, self-evaluation, peer-review, and follow-up. To prepare for the review and campus visit by a PAIS accreditation team, the faculty, administration, and Board first reflected on our programs, policies, and practices and identified areas to strengthen. During the past eighteen months, the Faculty then assessed themselves against an extensive series of standards to ensure that we are implementing best practices in every area and produced a 150-page report for PAIS. This has been a wonderful opportunity for BFS to evaluate its programs and policies while setting goals for future improvement.
During the visit, the PAIS Committee Members visited classrooms; met with Faculty, Board Members, Administration, and Staff; and began to get a sense of our amazing students and the BFS community. The Chair of the PAIS Committee, Chad Barnett, commented to students at Meeting for Worship that all six of the committee members have a deep regard for the effort put forth by everyone leading up to their visit and already have a wonderful sense of connection to BFS.