case study #3

School Improvement

Scholar Athletes Leadership Academy (SALA) is a New Jersey, state-registered private school offering a comprehensive 6-12th grade education together with prioritized, specialized skills training and ongoing leadership development.


Scholar Athletes Leadership Academy (SALA) is a nationally accredited, coeducational, state-registered private school district. Across our campuses in Bridgewater, Whippany, and Pitman, NJ, we prepare young people for college and careers through a unique combination of academics, athletics, and leadership development. SALA serves students from fifth through twelfth grade and offers rolling admissions throughout the school year.


Prior challenges were around understanding the specific logistics and required steps, processes, and key operating documents needed to start up a new school. Some of the challenges included:

  • How to start the accreditation project?
  • What are the requirements?
  • How long will the project span?
  • What documentation is necessary?
  • Which accrediting agency is the right fit for the school?
  • What policies and procedures need to be in place?
  • What is the school's familiarity with quality improvement and its place in the strategic plan?


The JAG Consulting team assisted the client with all of the pending questions the client had and provided a wealth of resources in the form of templates, guides, handbooks, documentation, and tools.

  • Evaluated and delivered detailed feedback on the accreditation process
  • Prepared and reviewed all documentation needed for the accreditation process
  • Assisted with obtaining all agency requirements
  • Supported client with the accreditation engagement review process
  • Aided with performance standards
  • Reviewed and assisted with the suggested evidence list requirements
  • Continued support to ensure a successful accreditation outcome


Clear goals and communication offered by JAG Consulting ensured the accreditation project was successful.

SALA staff was able to piece together the steps and documents needed to prepare for their accreditation review, and ultimately to prepare for their upcoming accreditation visit.

By using JAG Consulting, SALA was able to obtain accreditation within 15 months of beginning the accreditation process. JAG Consulting offers services in all realms of private school improvement and development and with its highly experienced team, can service schools with all of their school needs.

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