The Value of Accreditation by an
ICAISA Member Association

Accrediting associations recognized by ICAISA provide accreditation programs that are based on shared practices and have a transformative impact on more than 3,500 independent schools, two million students, and 120 countries across the globe.

View the list of accrediting associations recognized by ICAISA.

Accreditation by an ICAISA Member
ICAISA Members Principles

The accreditation programs of
ICAISA Members share these principles

Focus on the Future

Accreditation that serves two functions:

  • Assesses compliance with association standards
  • Encourages school improvement through discovery, dialogue, and commitment to preparing students for the challenges of the future
Independent School Centered

Aligned to the unique mission, purpose, and context of each school, while providing a unified framework to advance excellence.

Robust Process

The accreditation process requires the school to prepare a comprehensive self-study and host an on-site visit by impartial, highly-trained volunteer evaluators. This peer-review process is unmatched in its depth, breadth, quality, content, and relevance.

Community Strength

The accrediting associations that make up the global ICAISA network share ideas, perspectives, and approaches to leverage our collective knowledge for the benefit of each member association.

ICAISA serves as an invaluable resource and network to ensure that our accreditation processes and standards align with best practices in our field. It supports the evolution of accreditation across our organizations as we help our schools navigate an increasingly complex landscape for the benefit of all students.

– Debra Wilson, President, NAIS