This past June, The Girls’ School of Austin was awarded accreditation by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). Following two years of self-study involving parents and faculty, The GSA prepared to host members of ISAS in October 2016 for the onsite accreditation visit.  Members of ISAS evaluated the school’s program, business office, campus, and more. The visit included classroom observations, as well as meetings with parents, faculty, staff, students and board members. At the end of the visit, the ISAS team presented GSA with commendations and recommendations. The team had high praise for The Girls’ School; they were particularly impressed with GSA’s service learning initiative, including the flagship partnership, GSA’s dual physical education program with Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In June 2017, ISAS awarded GSA with an official accreditation. The criteria for accreditation to ISAS is for the school to “promote the highest professional and ethical standards of educational excellence for independent schools in the region”.  The purpose of accreditation is to provide for an external evaluation of all aspects of a school’s program and is a valuable service to schools. The GSA is excited to have been accepted as a member of ISAS, which includes many other excellent private schools in Austin.