Carolina Day School Announces SAIS Re-accreditation

Carolina Day School is pleased to announce its official SAIS re-accreditation, awarded in July 2022. This five-year designation builds on the school's history of accreditation since its inception, and affirms Carolina Day’s commitment to academic excellence and ongoing improvement. 

 “Our long history of accreditation is something of which we are very proud,” shares Associate Head of School Steve Henry. “As we continue to make our school better through the rigorous process of accreditation, we help our students to grow and learn. Accreditation demonstrates to our community that Carolina Day always seeks to provide the highest quality education possible.”

To earn accreditation from SAIS, CDS 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 inspire students to become innovative thinkers who communicate with intelligence and clarity, create with vision and purpose, and act with courage and compassion to confidently make a meaningful difference in the world.

A team representing SAIS conducted an on-site visit to review this school’s self-study and standards compliance and its adherence to its mission. The team was comprised 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 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.

Carolina Day School is Asheville, North Carolina's only independent, non-sectarian, co-ed, college preparatory school with just under 600 students enrolled in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. In addition to an exceptional academic program, a wide variety of extracurricular activities are offered, including athletics, arts, community service, and special interest clubs. Additionally, Key School at Carolina Day offers a unique educational approach for bright children with dyslexia in grades 2–8. 

Though only 34 years old, CDS traces its roots to over 100 years ago (1908) and draws on a rich educational history. Established in 1987 by the merger of two of Asheville's best private schools, Asheville Country Day School and St. Genevieve-Gibbons Hall, Carolina Day School embodies the highest standards of academic achievement and character development.

About SAIS

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.