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DEA earns SAIS re-accreditation



David Emanuel Academy has been re-accredited through SAIS. To earn accreditation from SAIS, David Emanuel Academy complied with quality standards, was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals, and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school’s mission, which is to provide K3-12th grade students with an exceptional education under the guidance of Christian principles. David Emanuel Academy will develop ambitious individuals of strong character who are servant leaders and possess a biblical worldview.


A team representing SAIS conducted an on-site visit to review this school’s self-study and standards compliance and its adherence to its mission. The team was comprised of diverse educational leaders from some of the finest institutions in the southeast. The visiting team sought the answers to critical questions the school asked of itself.


SAIS accredited member schools are part of an international network of accredited schools that have demonstrated success in educating children. As such, SAIS accreditation is recognized throughout the world as a symbol of quality in education for students and teachers.


In today’s world of accountability in education, accreditation serves as a critical component of a school’s demonstrated effectiveness and ability to provide successful schooling for children. A school that is able to achieve accreditation demonstrates a commitment to a process that requires the school to meet a set of rigorous standards; to engage in a program of continuous school improvement; and to demonstrate quality assurance to its stakeholders through self-evaluation and peer-review. SAIS accreditation provides schools access to an integrated network of services and technical assistance that supports every school’s ability to identify and meet its goals for improving the teaching and learning process and mission-focused outcomes for students.


SAIS began its organizational life in 1903 as the Mid-South Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). In 1953, another organization began as the Southern Association of Independent Schools, providing a forum for independent school administrators to work with public schools through SACS and to contribute to the larger interest in accreditation in the Southeast. MAIS and SAIS merged in 1986 to form the present-day SAIS, which now works at the state, regional, and national levels, to serve and strengthen member schools through the promotion of the highest quality educational standards and ethical conduct. The mission of SAIS is to provide leadership, accreditation services, and professional development resources that will strengthen member schools as they fulfill their missions.


Founded in 1969 with 140 students in grades 1-8, David Emanuel Academy now has 235 students enrolled in grades K3-12. David Emanuel Academy offers a college preparatory education always with focus on the school’s mission. School values include emphasis on small class sizes, Christian curriculum, hands-on learning experiences, opportunities to participate in any and all extracurricular offerings, and continuous school improvement as a top priority.


For more information, contact Haylee Free, Head of School at hfree@deaeagles.com or 912-562-4405.

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