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​“Accreditation is the affirmation that a school provides a quality of education that the community has a right to expect and the education world endorses. Accreditation is a means of showing confidence in a school’s performance.”

The chief purpose of the whole accreditation process is the improvement of education for youth by evaluating the degree to which a school has attained worthwhile outcomes set by its own staff and community. This is accomplished by periodically conducting a comprehensive self-evaluation of the total school. Through the accreditation process, the school seeks the validation of its self-evaluation by obtaining professional judgement from impartial outsiders on the effectiveness of the total school operation.

The following are some of the many benefits of accreditation:

  • Greater clarity of purpose

  • Stronger internal relationships

  • Wider professional participation

  • More effective methods of planning for school improvement

  • Improved consistency between educational purpose and practice

The Smith School is associated with:
  • Member of Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York 

  • Accredited by Middle States Association on Elementary and Secondary Schools 

  • Chartered by New York State Department Board of Regents

  • Associate member of New York State Association of Independent Schools

  • Member of Parents League of New York

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