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Independent School Accreditation

A globally recognized standard of excellence, NEASC Accreditation attests to a school’s high quality and integrity.

Accreditation of an institution by NEASC/CIS indicates that it meets or exceeds standards and criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation has two faces: quality assurance and school improvement. Attention to the former has proved essential in defending the independence of schools and providing relief from external regulation. The primary function of NEASC Accreditation, however, is school improvement. Every school accredited by NEASC/CIS is assessed 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 for Accreditation established by the Commission on Independent Schools. Members are evaluated at regular intervals and undergo a full accreditation visit at least once every ten years.

The goals of NEASC/CIS Accreditation are effectiveness, improvement, and public assurance. Unlike popular websites, this does not involve comparing or ranking schools, but rather establishes a level of acceptable quality for all Accredited schools.

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