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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.

2017-18 Calendar of WRISA Events:

DateActivity
6/1/2017 Schools that hosted a Site Visit during 2016-17 send Visiting Team Reports and Long Range Plan to jurisdiction's office.
6/1 - 7/10/2017 Jurisdictions review Visiting Team Reports and schools’ Long Range Plan for completeness.
7/10 - 7/13/2017 Jurisdictions mail visited schools' documents to WRISA Executive Director.
8/15/2017 Executive Director emails to Representatives the instructions for filing Annual Reports to schools not visited and 'update' instructions for schools that were visited in 2016-17. Jurisdictions send information to schools.
8/15 - 9/29/2017 Principals update their Annual Reports packet on WRISA website. Principals that hosted a site visit during 2016-17 update Annual Report Packet and send it to Jurisdiction Representative.
9/7/2017 WRISA Board Meeting. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Madison. WRISA Board reviews documents from schools that hosted a Site Visit in 2016-17 and grants accreditation.
9/16/2017 Principals enter 3rd Friday in September student count into Annual Report Packet. Finalize Annual Report and send to their WRISA Representative.
9/21 - 9/29/2017 Principals mail Annual Reports to their WRISA Representative.
9/30/2017 All Annual Reports and membership fees are due at Representative's office.
10/1 - 10/29/2017 Jurisdictions review Annual Reports and send results to Executive Director.
11/9/2017 WRISA Board Meeting. 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Madison. Board accredits schools.
2/8/2018 WRISA Annual Board Meeting. 9:30-3:00. Pewaukee.
2/9/2018 WCRIS Annual Leadership Conference. Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee
4/15/2018 WRISA office mails instructions to schools that hosted a Site Visit in 2017-18. Yellow cover sheet provided by WRISA.
5/9/2018 WRISA Board Meeting. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Madison.
6/1/2018 Schools that hosted a Site Visit during 2017-18 send Visiting Team Report and new Long Range Plan to Representative.
6/1 - 7/10/2018 Representatives review documents.
6/2018 - TBD NFNSSAA Annual Meeting. Executive Director attends.
7/10 - 7/15/2018 Representatives send documents from schools that hosted a Site Visit to WRISA Executive Director.
8/15/2018 Executive Director emails instructions to Jurisdiction Representatives for filing Annual Reports for schools not visited, and 'update' instructions for schools that were visited in 2017-18. Jurisdictions notify schools.
8/15 - 9/29/2018 Principals update their Annual Reports packet on WRISA website. Principals that hosted a site visit during 2017-18 also update Annual Report Packet and send it to their WRISA Representative so it is received no later than 10/1/2018.
9/2018 - TBD WRISA Board Meeting. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Madison. Board reviews visited schools' documents and grants accreditation.
9/15/2018 Principals enter 3rd Friday in September student count into Annual Report Packet.
9/16 - 9/29/2018 Principals mail Annual Reports to their Representative.
9/30/2018 All Annual Reports and membership fees are due at Representative’s office.
11/2018 - TBD WRISA Board Meeting. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Madison. Board accredits schools.



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