Welcome to WRISA
Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation (WRISA) is a nonprofit organization formed in 1991 by the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools to provide non-public schools with an ongoing school improvement process.
WRISA's three phase accreditation process provides school communities with the opportunity to explore every aspect of their school program, receive valuable feedback from a team of impartial professional educators, and develop a long range plan using the WRISA framework. Once accredited, schools file an annual report documenting that they are in compliance with the WRISA Standards and that they have made progress on their long range plan.
WRISA is a state chapter of the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations which is recognized by the College Board and the Office of Non-Public Education, an office within the U. S. Department of Education.
Discriminatory practices based on race, ethnicity, or national origin are not used in admissions or other services. Church affiliated schools may give preference to members of their faith as allowed by law.
Announcement: Please read this announcement (PDF) regarding changes to the WRISA Standards and Quality Indicators documents and Annual Report.
2013-14 Calendar of WRISA Events:
|6/1/2013||Schools that hosted a Site Visit send Visiting Team Reports and Long Range Plan to jurisdiction's office.|
|6/1 - 7/10/2013||Jurisdictions review Visiting Team Report and school's Long Range Plan.|
|7/10 - 7/13/2013||Jurisdictions mail visited schools' documents to WRISA Executive Director.|
|8/15/2013||Executive Director emails to representatives the instructions for filing Annual Reports to schools not visited and 'update' instructions for schools that were visited in 2012-13. Jurisdictions communicate information to schools.|
|8/15 - 9/27/2013||Principals update their Annual Reports packet on WRISA website. Principals that hosted a site visit during 2012-13 also update Annual Report Packet and send it to Jurisdiction Representative.|
|9/12/2013||WRISA Board Meeting. WRISA Board reviews documents from schools that hosted a Site Visit and grants accreditation. 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Madison.|
|9/21/2013||Principals enter 3rd Friday in September student count into Annual Report Packet. Finalize Annual Report and send to their WRISA representative|
|9/21 - 9/29/2013||Principals mail Annual Reports to their WRISA representative.|
|9/30/2013||All Annual Reports and membership fees are due at Representative's office.|
|10/1 - 10/29/2013||Jurisdiction reviews Annual Reports and sends report to Executive Director.|
|11/15/2012||WRISA Board Meeting. Board accredits schools. 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Madison|
|12/5/2013||WRISA Board Meeting. Board accredits schools. 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Madison|
|2/6/2014||WRISA Annual Board Meeting. Place TBD.|
|4/15/2014||WRISA office sends instructions to schools that hosted a Site Visit in 2013-14. Yellow cover sheet provided by WRISA.|
|5/15/2014||WRISA Board Meeting. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Madison.|
|6/1/2014||Schools that hosted a Site Visit during 2013-14 send Visiting Team Report and Long Range Plan to Jurisdiction representative.|
|6/1 - 7/10/2014||Representatives review documents.|
|7/10 - 7/15/2014||Representatives send documents from schools that hosted a Site Visit to WRISA Executive Director.|
|8/15/2014||Executive Director emails instructions for filing Annual Reports to schools not visited and 'update' instructions for schools that were visited in 2013-14.|
|8/15 - 9/29/2014||Principals update their Annual Reports packet on WRISA website. Principals that hosted a site visit during 2013-14 also update Annual Report Packet and send it to their WRISA representative so it is received no later than 10/1/2014.|
|TBD||WRISA Board Meeting. Board reviews visited schools' documents and grants accreditation. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.|
|9/20/2014||Principals enter 3rd Friday in September student count into Annual Report Packet.|
|9/21 - 9/29/2014||Principals mail Annual Reports to their Jurisdiction's representative.|
|9/30/2014||All Annual Reports and membership fees are due at Jurisdiction representative office.|
WRISA Board Members |