At a meeting on Oct. 17, representatives from a visiting team of educators shared words of praise for Lakeside as part of the re-accreditation process through the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS).
From Oct. 14-17, 10 educators from Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Hawaii met individually with faculty and staff, dropped in on classes, and visited with groups of board members, administrators, faculty, staff, parents/guardians, and students. The group had previously reviewed Lakeside's substantial self-study. The visiting team's focus was on school sustainability and whether Lakeside's operations, programs, policies, and procedures are mission-aligned and sustainable.
At the closing meeting, the leaders of the visiting team – Mo Copeland, head of school at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon, and Jeremy Gregersen, head of school at The Meadows School in Las Vegas, Nevada – shared preliminary thoughts and next steps. In the coming months, the visiting team will wrap up their report and deliver it to the NWAIS accreditation committee to review in January 2019. The final report will be delivered to Lakeside's Head of School Bernie Noe later this winter, and results will be shared with the full community in the spring 2019 Lakeside magazine.
"This is a school of excellence – you are doing remarkable things here," said Copeland. "There are very few schools that you can go to where you can see the mission come alive, but Lakeside does that... Our goal is to help you extend that mission and deepen that commitment as much as you possibly can."
Learn more about the re-accreditation process in this article by Associate Head of School/Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Booth Kyle.