The purpose of acquiring private, regional and international accreditation is for school improvement, which focuses on student performance. To maintain accreditation, each accredited school must conduct a continuing program of improvement, meet standards of accreditation, improve student performance, submit annual reports which certify the completion of plans for educational improvement as well as assessment of the schools’ ability to meet standards, and be reevaluated by outside teams of professional educators at five year intervals.
Accredited schools are a “plus” for the community and for those who are interested in relocating their families and businesses in Davie and the surrounding area.
The Association began in 1949 as the Private Schools Association of Dade County and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1958. AISF schools serve more than 25,000 students in various programs: traditional and Montessori; boarding and day; pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, and secondary; special learning needs; experimental; religious, non-sectarian, non-denominational; and college preparatory.
Independent schools channel resources directly to students learning, counseling, and growth. The energy of independent schools goes into a common purpose: high academic standards unhampered by political considerations. The classroom is the basic unit. The basic relationship is between student and teacher.
Through its Commission on Elementary and Middle Schools and the Commission on International and Trans-regional Accreditation, have awarded accreditation to Summit-Questa Montessori School since the year 2002. Accreditation is based upon an evaluation of each school to determine if the needs of the students and community as well as the standards of the Commission on Elementary and Middle Schools are being met. The evaluation process includes a self-study by each school’s faculty and a review by an outside team of trained professional peers representing the Association. Association of Independent Schools of Florida, AISF schools serve more than 25,000 students in various programs: traditional and Montessori. The main goal is to maintain high academic standards unhampered by political considerations. AISF is recognized by the Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools as an accrediting agency for private schools in Florida.
Accreditation International (Ai) assures the educational quality of schools and plans for continuous school improvement to increase student learning. Ai standards are based on international research, best practices, and historical accreditation processes.
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) – among the premier accrediting associations in the world – pioneered the accreditation of colleges and schools in the United States more than a century ago.
A Consortium of Accrediting Associations for the Recognition of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Private Schools. Serving as a national review panel for the standards and review procedures of private school accrediting associations.
Summit-Questa Professional Affiliations
Summit-Questa has been affiliated with AMS American Montessori Society since 1991 and is a full member.
Site of Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute, a MACTE accredited and AMS affiliated training center for Early Childhood and Elementary I.