Independent School Accreditations
Independent Schools Association of Central States (ISACS)
Independent Schools Association of Central States is the accrediting organization for The Orchard School. This process, including an extensive self-study and external evaluation, is conducted every seven years. Orchard was accredited once again in January of 2014. Learn More
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The National Association of Independent Schools is a membership organization representing approximately 1,200 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad. As a NAIS member, Orchard affirms that we operate with ethical principles, offer an intellectual environment of free and open inquiry, show evidence of sound fiscal practice and have responsible governance and administration. Learn More
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS)
The Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS) is a non-profit organization established to promote educational excellence by: supporting the interests of independent schools in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana; building strong relationships between independent schools and creating innovative opportunities in professional development for the faculty, staff and administrators in independent schools.
PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION NETWORK (PEN)
Harnessing the dynamic power of progressive practice for the next generation of students, schools, and democracy. Building on the common vision of pedagogy articulated by our forbearers in the Progressive Education Association and the Network of Progressive Educators, we are guided by a century-long legacy while enthusiastically embracing a commitment to diversity, equity and justice in our schools. Learn more.