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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. Accreditation engages thousands of trained volunteer educators on hundreds of peer reviews in any year. 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.

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

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