Nearly a decade after opening its doors, The Sage School has earned a major feather in its academic cap.

     The Hailey private school received full accreditation from the Northwest Association of Independent Schools last Friday, wrapping up a nine-year process—and, for Head of School Harry Weekes, validating Sage’s unique curriculum.

     “I am thrilled at the third-party acknowledgement of the hard work that the school has been engaging in since we opened our doors,” Weekes said in a statement. “It feels like a wonderful confirmation of all that the school has achieved in a short time.”

     That process began in 2010, when Assistant Head of School Chris McAvoy filed for the school to become a “subscriber school” in its first year. From there, the process included years of surveys, financial audits, a safety review of the school’s off-site Field Studies program, a 200-plus page report by staff and a four-day campus visit.

     With full status, The Sage School joins the Sun Valley Community School among the four fully accredited independent schools in Idaho. 

     For more on The Sage School, see Friday’s issue of the Idaho Mountain Express.

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