St. Mary's is an accredited member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), AdvancED (through the Northwest Accreditation Commission), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
NWAIS accreditation is a demonstration of our continuing commitment to the NWAIS mission and to the essential characteristics of member schools:
- Commitment to the Public Good
- Effective Governance and Operations
- Physical Location or Place
- Primary Focus of Academic Education
- Commitment to the Best Interests of Children
Why Private Schools?
The National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) is a wonderful resource for parents who are considering private school education for their children. Please visit their website at www.nais.org to see why over 400,000 families send their children to private schools.
Choosing a school for your child can seem like a daunting task, but if you know the right questions to ask you will be better equipped to compare each school with your family's needs and wishes.
The best way to start is to list the important attributes you are looking for in a school. Do you want a large student body? How about advanced placement courses? Are foreign language or art programs especially important? Once you've come up with a general idea of what you are looking for it will be easier to ask appropriate questions when you tour the campus.
Although options are limited in the Rogue Valley we encourage you to take a good look at all your options before making a decision. Choosing a school that will be the right fit for your child is as important to us as it is to you.
Other resources include:
The Northwest Association of Independent Schools
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Parent Guide