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In general, independent elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. are accredited by regional and/or state accrediting associations. Accreditation is a system of accountability and school self improvement.   

NAIS does not accredit, however we require that all NAIS schools be accredited by an approved accrediting body. To learn more about accrediting associations and their review processes, please click on one of the links below. 

Accreditation of a school indicates that it meets or exceeds standards and criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group process. An accredited school is one that 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, which has a multi-year validation, involves a periodic self-study and an evaluation visit to the school by a committee of peers.    

In 2001, the NAIS board of trustees established the NAIS Commission on Accreditation  to assure the quality of independent school accrediting programs.

Accrediting Organizations

State, Regional, and International Independent School Accrediting Associations that Are Members of the NAIS Commission on Accreditation

Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS/CAN)

Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS/CT)

Council of International Schools (CIS)

Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)

Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS)

New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS)

New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)

Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)

Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)

Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)

Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)

Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS)

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)

Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)

Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES)

The Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) 

Regional Accrediting Associations Serving Public and Private Schools in the U.S. and American Schools Abroad

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (CESS-MSA) 

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

North Central Association/Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI)

Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)   

Article Date: 9/2/2015
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