When one looks at some of the nasty little schools out there, I'm sure the question must have crossed may peoples mind as to how they ever managed to get accredited - or stay accredited, for that matter. So, does any one know. How hard is it to get authorization for IB diploma or A-levels. How do new schools avoid the chicken and egg situation when they are trying to attract new students, who obviously want to know that the school can offer them a recognized qualification. Also, I'm wondering if a school has ever been run on a cooperative basis. What I mean by this without a Principal, so that in effect the school was run by a board of teachers, with any necessary administrative staff answerable to this board.