The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. The Commission also accepts applications from other international institutions of higher education.


Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) is a non-profit association of private, independent, and parochial schools throughout the state. The mission of GISA is to advance excellence and collaboration among Georgia’s independent schools by serving the professional growth, advocacy and interscholastic needs of member schools. Each member school is unique, while sharing a unified commitment to overall excellence as well as to the nurture and care of the physical, intellectual, social and moral development of all students.

SAIS accreditation was first offered in 2002 and has seen several revisions of indicators and practice as we have continued to refine the process. Within two years, in 2004, SAIS partnered with The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in the creation of the SAIS-SACS Accreditation process, which spoke to the needs of both of the organizations, and more importantly, to the needs of independent schools across the traditional southeastern region.


SAIS is proud to have partnered with SACS in this effort. The SAIS mission is to provide leadership, accreditation services, and professional development resources that will strengthen member schools as they fulfill their missions. We are honored to have SACS at our side.

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Alexander Preparatory School "Small School...BIG EXPERIENCE"

6470 Georgia Highway 400 Cumming, Georgia 30028

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