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Decoding Georgia’s Independent School Accreditations and Memberships

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It is important to know that the independent school you choose has been evaluated and endorsed by one or more accreditation agencies and/or member organizations committed to holding private educational institutions to high standards. In Atlanta, you’re likely to come across several of the following terms in your search. Use this guide as a reference and look up these organizations via their websites for more information.

AAAIS
The Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools
aaais.org

ACSI
The Association of Christian Schools International
acsi.org

AdvancED/SACS
Advanc-ed.org
sacs.org

GAC
Georgia Accrediting Commission
coe.uga.edu/gac

GAPSAC
The Georgia Private School Accreditation Council
gapsac.org

GISA
The Georgia Independent School Association
gisaschools.org

JATP
The Joint Admissions Testing Program
jatp.org

NAIS
The National Association of Independent Schools
nais.org

SAIS
The Southern Association of Independent Schools
sais.org

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