Lelia Grinnan currently serves as the Director of Accreditation for the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), the leader in advancing and advocating for independent school education in Virginia. In this role, Lelia capitalizes on a growth mindset to promote innovation, communication, and collaboration among VAIS’s 96 member schools.
VAIS membership is diverse–comprised of day schools, boarding schools, military schools, schools focused on learning differences, tuition-free schools, and coed and single-sex schools serving students in grades PreKindergarten through Post Graduate. Since her arrival to VAIS in 2017, Lelia has worked to streamline the accreditation process, to support schools’ advancement as they fulfill their unique missions, and to enhance the professional development experience. Working closely with heads of school, business officers, admissions directors, division heads, teachers, and other school constituents, Lelia promotes understanding, self-reflection, and best practices to encourage ongoing improvement. She also routinely collaborates with accreditation colleagues through the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA) to identify current trends, shared pressure points, and solutions for independent schools across the country and abroad.