ICAISA Vision & Mission

ICAISA has a transformative impact on the independent school landscape by advancing accreditation globally.

ICAISA is the international leader in independent school accreditation. By working directly with accrediting associations, ICAISA advances excellence and upholds standards in order to ensure quality and accountability in independent schools across the globe.


NAIS greatly values having been a founding catalyst of ICAISA and recognises the excellent services that ICAISA member accrediting associations provide to the best independent schools in the US and, indeed, around the world.

– Bernie Noe, Former Chair, NAIS Board of Trustees

ICAISA Core Values


We believe in holding ourselves to the highest standards by speaking, acting, and working ethically and honestly.


We believe that our responsibility to hold associations to high standards of excellence exists within a relationship built on support, guidance, and understanding.

Continuous Improvement

We believe that our practices are always evolving and we commit to a process of continuous improvement in order to remain relevant in a changing world.

Peer Review

We believe in utilizing the expertise of volunteer and independent peers on accreditation teams in order to promote the highest standard of accountability and continuous improvement for excellence in independent education.


We believe that accreditation is a lever for change to foster inclusive communities that uplift diversity, equity, and justice for all.


We believe in tackling our most challenging problems by taking an intentionally inclusive and collaborative approach in order to develop creative and innovative solutions.