The last week of October, four independent school educators visited our campus as part of our dual reaccreditation process. This process occurs once every five years. Their two-day visit included meetings with many different stakeholder groups as well as classroom visits and faculty and staff interviews. As the visit concluded, the chair told our leadership team that the “sense of family” at our school is not a cliché. It is real and tangible. Here is a portion of their report:

“We recognized the team spirit exhibited by faculty and staff as well as their pride and passion for Sumner Academy. The Board is committed to the fiscal viability and growth of the school. All stakeholders describe the academy as family, and the feelings are genuine and heartfelt. Parents and alumni alike sing the praises of how prepared graduates are for the next level of schooling in this competitive world. Congratulations to the faculty for developing confident, independent students of character.”


The visiting team finds:

1. That the school is in compliance with all standards of the SAIS and AdvancED/SACS accreditation process.

2. That the self-study conducted by the school meets the standard of quality and thoroughness required by the SAIS accreditation process and answers the four critical questions as outlined in the Guidebook.

3. That the school is unanimously recommended for SAIS and for AdvancED/SACS accreditation.


Sumner Academy Accreditation Report 2015



Educating independent thinkers since 1973.


We believe in teaching a love of learning.


We believe in teaching with patience.


We believe in valuing the differences each student brings.


We believe in collaborating with parents.


We believe in creating and promoting a safe environment.


We believe in fostering social and personal responsibility.

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