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Resources to help prepare for NEASC Accreditation

In preparation for an evaluation visit, it is recommended that schools take the following steps:

  • Once notified by the Director of the Commission that a decennial evaluation is due, the Head of School and/or Self-Study coordinators should register to attend a Self-Study Workshop conducted by NEASC-CIS.
  • Following that and prior to beginning the self-study, a date should be scheduled for a member of the Commission staff to meet with faculty and administrators to provide an overview of the process and review changes in Standards and process that have occurred since the last decennial visit.
  • Once the school is up to date on the Self-Study process, the work can begin. Generally, it takes 18 months to 2 years to complete the self-study.
  • It is now a requirement that schools participate fully in the peer review process and that school personnel serve on visiting committees to other schools.
Online course is now available

An Introduction to the Commission on Independent Schools 20|20 Standards

We are excited to invite our school communities to learn about the new 20|20 Standards through an online course, An Introduction to the Commission on Independent Schools 20|20 Standards. The course was created in collaboration with Advancement Courses, and can be completed asynchronously in about two hours. This course will provide a broad understanding of the Standards and serves as a prerequisite to the interactive workshops offered for self-study coordinators and visiting team members. Our interactive workshops are led by the directors of the NEASC Commission on Independent Schools and will continue to be hosted via Zoom for the foreseeable future.

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