About Us

The Commission on Independent Schools accredits a wide range of private schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Recognition as a Candidate for Accreditation is the first step toward membership in and accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Schools may remain as candidates for a period of five years, but achieving candidacy does not guarantee eventual accreditation.

Upon achieving accreditation, a school is considered a member. Every school is accredited using the same protocols and materials, thus assuring that the school is faithful to its mission, conducts its programs appropriately to meet its goals, and fulfills the Standards of Accreditation established by the Commission on Independent Schools. Members are evaluated at regular intervals, and undergo a full evaluation visit every ten years.

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Current CIS Membership Profile
(as of 12/15/2017)

  Members Candidates Total Schools
Connecticut 158 0 158
Maine 39 3 42
Massachusetts 241 3 244
New Hampshire   45 6 51
Rhode Island 54 0 54
Vermont 38 1 39
Outside New England 2 0 2
TOTAL 577 13 590