Erie Day School is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), (www.paispa.org), every 10 years with 5 year interim evaluations. PAIS develops, monitors, and provides a program of evaluation and accreditation using uniform standards to evaluate each member school based on the school’s individual philosophy. Accreditation ensures that schools meet and maintain articulated standards of educational excellence. Erie Day School was reaccredited in the spring of 2007 and completed the 5-year interim reaccreditation process in winter, 2012. In the spring of 2017, Erie Day School will have its 10-year PAIS accreditation.
Erie Day School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), (www.nais.org). NAIS member schools are fully accredited, non-profit, racially non-discriminatory, and governed by a Board of Trustees. NAIS member schools share an overall dedication to quality education, high expectation, and a commitment to providing access and opportunities to a diverse group of students. Each member school of the National Association of Independent Schools meets the high standards of the education community to which it belongs and is dedicated to bringing out the very best in each child. Erie Day School uses NAIS established principles of good practice for its schools, defining high standards and ethical behavior in key areas of school operation including admission, partnership with parents, and governance.
Erie Day School’s Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten and Lower School (Grades 1 through 4) are International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate schools. Our IB students will develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The curriculum represents the best from many different countries rather than the exported national system of any one. The IB curriculum will be maintained with our high standards by on-going training for our educators. We believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. All IB students are exposed to a second language and the skills to live and work with others internationally which is essential for life in the 21st century. We encourage a positive attitude learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, reflect critically, develop research skills, and learn how to learn. We encourage community service because there is more to learning than academic studies alone. IB World Schools cooperate in curriculum development, student assessment, and the governance of the IB, making this a unique international collaboration.