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    • Step 2: Submit the CISNA Accreditation Application form and fees
      - $250.00 CISNA one-time Accreditation Application fee. - Schools completing accreditation through Cognia (formerly AdvancED) may be able to complete a streamlined accreditation review visit with CISNA members serving with the Cognia team. Please contact the Executive Director at cisnaoffice@gmail.com for more information. - Schools who are already accredited by a regional accrediting agency must provide CISNA with the latest accreditation report from the regional or state accrediting agency. Once the application is received the CISNA Executive Director will provide the school with the standards and guidelines and schedule a meeting to review the process.
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    • Step 3: Complete the Self-Study & Administer the Islamic Identity Surveys
      The Self-Study and a summary of the surveys must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the Review Visit. The Self-Study Each standard should be addressed in terms of “how” the school meets the standard. The goal is to not simply indicate that the school complies, but to describe how and to what extent the school complies with each standard. A school should be able to demonstrate how it meets each standard by supplying supporting documentation such as governing board minutes, policy and procedure manuals, handbooks, minutes from staff meetings, etc. All supporting documentation is collected and presented along with the self-study. The results of the self-study become the basis for a school’s improvement plan and provide the context for the review team’s accreditation visit.  Islamic Identity Surveys An important part of self-evaluation is to collect valuable feedback about the school’s purpose and impact from stakeholders. Surveys are administered to parents, students, staff, and alumni. The data is analyzed by the school to interpret the impact the school is making in each standard. A summary of the results is to be provided to the CISNA team.
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    • Step 4: CISNA On-site Review Visit
      One or more CISNA representatives, depending on the size of the school, will visit the school to conduct a review. The team assesses the quality of learning environments to gain valuable insights and gain a broad understanding of institution quality to target improvements. The review team gathers valuable evidence and information by: - Interviewing school leaders, staff, students, parents, and alumni. - Conducting classroom observations - Examining artifacts and evidence Schools must cover the cost of travel, meals, and lodging for the CISNA review member(s). Travel may include roundtrip economy fare from team member’s origin to school location. School will cover individual hotel rooms for each team member. - Up to 300 students – one team member - 300-700 students – two team members - Over 700 students – three team members At the end of the visit, the team will present their preliminary findings to school leadership. The team will prepare a thorough report of their findings which will be submitted to the CISNA Board for approval of accreditation. Follow up virtual meetings may be conducted with CISNA Board members following the onsite visit.
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    • Step 5: CISNA Board Approval
      Upon receiving the Review Team Report, the CISNA Board reviews the report for clarification and overall compliance with standards. The Board will make the final determination whether the school will be approved for full five-year accreditation or provisional accreditation contingent on completing requirements outlined in the report. The final determination and report will be communicated to the school in writing.
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    • Step 6: Follow up after Accreditation
      The CISNA Accreditation Report should serve as a guide to long-term and ongoing school improvement. The school should consider the findings and begin implementing changes to meet any deficiencies found by the Review Team. The school is required to develop an Improvement Plan based on the findings of the self-study and the team report. The school will submit an annual report in which they will document changes and actions taken to meet the team’s recommendations. Schools must submit an Annual Report and fees by January 15 of each year to the CISNAOffice. - 200 students or less: $300.00 - 201 to 399 students: $500.00 - 400 students or more: $700.00 The Annual Report describes any changes in the school that have occurred since the previous report. This may include: - A change in Principal or Head of School, changes in enrollment or facilities, etc. - Progress being made on the improvement plan - Assessment data that shows the school’s growth - Ongoing challenges the school faces as it continues work on its improvement plan Failure to submit a report in a timely manner may result in revocation of accreditation status. Once a school is accredited, it must maintain membership in CISNA throughout the entire period of the accreditation. If membership is dropped during this time, the accreditation becomes null and void.
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