Portland Jewish Academy is proud to be accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools. The rigorous accreditation process involves reflecting on our school mission and program, ensuring the viability of our school, and planning, strategically, for the future. Every eight years, we undertake a comprehensive self study process. Over the course of a year or two, we reflect upon our strengths and priorities, identify opportunities for growth, and update our strategic plan. This process is collaborative and inclusive, and we solicit input from every constituency at our school.
Following the completion of the self study, a team of administrators and teachers visit our school. They provide a valuable outside perspective as they consider how we live our mission and how closely our program is aligned with the standards of NWAIS. Ultimately, these independent school professional complete a report that ensures ongoing school improvement and accountability.
As an NWAIS member school, we subscribe to the following Statement on Student and School Safety adopted by the National Association of Independent Schools:
Students have a right to learn without fear. Learning in a safe and healthy environment is a foundational requirement for a successful education. Yet in communities across the country, the fundamental promise to protect students has been fractured by gun violence. This must change.
As a national education association, NAIS empowers independent schools and the students they serve. The schools that belong to NAIS teach students to become informed and engaged citizens who contribute to their communities and to the larger society. As the nation considers how best to protect children, NAIS urges elected officials to take meaningful legislative and regulatory action now to support the safety and well-being of children. We also urge officials to listen to our students as they advocate for systemic change.
This is a problem that we can solve. The issues involved are complex, and many people have deeply held views on how to best address the challenge. But we must get started and refuse to let the complexities paralyze us. Only by working together can our nation’s leaders, our schools, and our students bring about the change that’s so vital to a secure future.