Frequently Asked Questions
ISAS is the acronym for Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (www.isasw.org). Independent Schools in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kansas have ISAS as their accrediting agency. Every ten years Manzano Day School, and all the other independent schools in the southwest region, undergoes a complete site visit whereby ISAS examines every aspect of our school, making sure we are following the high standards set forth by the ISAS and that we’ve implemented the Principles of Good Practice set down by NAIS, the National Association of Independent Schools.
In addition we must routinely submit interim reports to ISAS in the fourth and seventh year, just to maintain our accreditation. For the tenth year report, a year of self-study is undertaken by our school, which is reviewed by ISAS prior to the on site visit. Following the visit, a full report is presented to the Standards Committee of ISAS, which is thoroughly reviewed. This committee then makes a recommendation to the Association as to whether Manzano Day School should continue to be accredited by ISAS.
We are very proud of our accreditation by ISAS, and in fact Manzano Day School is the only elementary school in Albuquerque with this distinction. We received our re-accreditation at the start of the 2011 – 2012 academic year. Other schools in Albuquerque accredited by ISAS are Albuquerque Academy, Bosque School, Menaul School and Sandia Preparatory School. These schools educate students in grades 6 – 12.
Students in third through fifth grades are assessed through the CTP4, an assessment developed by the Educational Records Bureau to specifically address the needs of high achieving students at schools with high levels of learning standards. The CTP4 specifically assesses achievement in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.
Additionally, students in third and fourth grades are assessed through the WrAP, a test developed by the Educational Records Bureau to assess writing samples of students, utilizing an analytical scoring method based upon a six-point rubric.
The Wings program was established in 1988. The creation of Wings was based on our knowledge that sound early education is critical for future academic success. We also believe the investment in a single child is an investment in the community as a whole.
This unique program provides full-tuition for academically promising children with very limited economic resources. Children who show the potential for educational achievement are identified through the Admission Office after going through the same admission process as all other applicants. There also must be evidence of family support to help ensure the child’s success at Manzano Day School. Wings is a small program guided by the principles of commitment and excellence. To maximize the realization of each child’s potential, the Wings program provides full-tuition for each child from kindergarten through fifth grade. No child is accepted into the program until funds have been committed for the entire six years of tuition at Manzano.