GMWS granted accreditation by NYSAIS and AWSNA

Green Meadow Waldorf School is pleased to announce that we were recommended for accreditation by the NYSAIS Commission on Accreditation and approved by the NY State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Board of Trustees at their meeting at their January 2017 meeting. In a joint accreditation process, the school was also re-accredited by AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America).

NYSAIS is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, “to evaluate and accredit nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools operating within the State of New York and, as concerns New York corporations with branches in other states and countries, to evaluate and accredit those consistent with the laws, rules and regulations of host states and countries.”  Additionally, NYSAIS is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation which includes nineteen regional and state accrediting agencies.  As a member of the NAIS Commission on Accreditation, the NYSAIS accreditation process is recognized across the United States and throughout the world.

This joint accreditation represents the culmination of an in-depth self-study that includes an exhaustive internal and external examination of all aspects of the school community including mission and culture, governance, educational program, student and student services, finance and school operations, parents, faculty and non-teaching personnel, community relations, and communications.  Through a process of continual self-improvement that includes visiting teams of professionals from outside the school community, Green Meadow Waldorf School has fulfilled the accreditation requirements for an independent school.

According to Dr. Mark W. Lauria, NYSAIS Executive Director, “the rigorous accreditation process that each NYSAIS school undergoes represents a significant commitment of time and energy allowing the school and NYSAIS to thoroughly exam all facets of the school as part of the continuous improvement that is needed to best serve students and their families. Green Meadow Waldorf School is to be commended for their participation in this important process of self-improvement.”

Pedagogical Administrator Bill Pernice said, “We are grateful to have received this re-accreditation, an important confirmation of our work with our students. This recognition from NYSAIS and AWSNA affirms the commitment of our faculty and staff and the value of the Waldorf approach. As a 67-year-old school, we appreciate the opportunity the accreditation process offers us to reflect on our programs and policies and re-dedicate ourselves to our mission of educating students who will make a positive difference in the world.”


The New York State Association of Independent Schools was founded in 1947 by eleven schools and has grown to over 195 member schools and organizations incorporated in the State of New York.  The NYSAIS mission is:

The New York State Association of Independent Schools promotes the independence, well-being, and public understanding of, and respect for, New York Independent Schools and serves as an accrediting body charter by the New York State Board of Regents.

About AWSNA:

The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) is a non­profit membership organization of independent Waldorf Schools and Institutes in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

The Association was founded in 1968 to support schools and institutes. Our vision is to strengthen and nurture Waldorf Education and to advance Waldorf principles worldwide. Today there are over 900 Waldorf schools in 83 countries. In North America, there are greater than 160 member schools and 14 teacher education institutes.

AWSNA's mission is to support schools through collaborative regional work, professional and resource development, accreditation, community outreach, and advocacy. The Association’s work is based on four core values. These values are:

  • Evoke and develop Quality and Integrity in everything we attempt and achieve
  • Promote Strength and Resourcefulness in every school community
  • Foster, encourage, and support inspired Leadership and Colleagueship
  • Work towards conscious and collaborative human Community and Relationships                                                                                       

For more information about NYSAIS or NYSAIS accreditation, please go to: www.nysais.org.

For more information about AWSNA, please go to: www.waldorfeducation.org/awsna.