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Hargrave Military Academy Earns Prestigious VAIS Accreditation

May 24, 2022

Hargrave Military Academy has earned full reaccreditation from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). Accreditation is a major event in the life of a school, providing validation that high standards are being met in all aspects of school operation. 

The voluntary accreditation process is a rigorous undertaking involving a comprehensive self-study, including input from all school constituents. A team of peer evaluators from VAIS member schools spends several days on campus reviewing the self-study report, documentation, and curriculum; meeting with administrators, trustees, students, parents, and teachers; and observing campus life. The team concludes the in-depth visit with a detailed written assessment, submitted for accreditation approval by the VAIS Board of Directors. “Parents can be sure that when choosing a VAIS-accredited school for their children that the school has been through an intense period of self-reflection and evaluation which strengthens the entire institution,” said Betsy Hunroe, Executive Director of VAIS.

Established in 1909, Hargrave is a private military boarding school located in Chatham, VA serving grades 7 through 12 and postgraduate.  Hargrave’s four pillars – academics, athletics, character, and faith are fully integrated into a challenging and purposeful curriculum. A holistic approach to development across the four pillars results in a young man who is a leader with a strong work ethic, sound moral principles, and an appetite for lifelong learning. Hargrave Interim President Sloan Gibson remarked that “the visiting team noted clear indications of our student’s love for the school and their appreciation for what Hargrave has done for them. Our young men are proud of what they are accomplishing here.”

Founded in 1973, VAIS is the leader in advancing and advocating for independent school education in Virginia. The VAIS accreditation program is one of a select few recognized at the international level through the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA). VAIS also is recognized and approved by the Virginia Board of Education through the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE).

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