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A quick reference guide for visitors who would like to learn more about NEASC/CIS Accreditation or general information about accredited independent schools.

  • For answers to commonly asked questions about independent school accreditation, please refer to the FAQ
  • For an overview of the steps involved in accreditation, please go to Process
  • For office and general questions/concerns, please contact Nancy Kerrigan at nkerrigan@neasc.org

Other Resources

Find an Accredited Independent School

Young people, parents, and teachers often consult the NEASC website looking for information about our member schools because they are thinking of enrolling a student or are looking for employment.

  • CIS accredits elementary, secondary, and K-12 schools in New England.
  • To search a list of independent schools who are members of CIS or Candidates for Accreditation, please refer to the CIS School Directory

There are two other independent school associations in New England that accredit elementary schools only. 

  • The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) accredits elementary schools in the State of Connecticut. CAIS worked jointly with the Commission on Independent Schools in developing the 2007 Manual for School Evaluation and schools accredited by CAIS use this manual to prepare their self-studies.
  • The Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) accredits elementary schools outside of Connecticut.

Independent School Associations

You may find the following links to other independent school associations helpful:

  • American Montessori Society (AMS)
  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS)
  • The Association of Boarding Schools (ACCPAS>TABS)
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACCPAS>ACSI)
  • Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE)
  • Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
  • Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
  • Independent School Association of Northern New England (ISANNE)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)

How to Select an Independent School

The Commission on Independent Schools has developed a guide "How to Find the Right School" to assist parents and their children who are interested in attending private schools. It is designed to help them define each child's specific needs, to learn details about schools that might match those needs, and to use that information to reach a careful decision.

View "How to Find the Right School" (pdf)