Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education – from Pre-Kindergarten to the doctoral level – longer than any other accreditation agency in the United States. NEASC is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 2,000 public and independent schools, technical and career institutions, colleges, and universities in New England plus International Schools in more than 65 nations worldwide. A globally recognized standard of excellence, NEASC Accreditation attests to a school’s high quality and integrity. The four NEASC commissions decide matters of accreditation in the context of research-driven standards reviewed by their membership.
Accreditation is founded on the principle that comprehensive self-reflection followed by candid feedback from professional peers is essential to ongoing school improvement and achieving educational success. Guided by research-based standards, which are periodically reviewed and revised by leading New England educators, accreditation provides a clear direction for school communities striving to ensure their students receive outstanding educational experiences.
-- Cameron C. Staples, President/CEO of NEASC
The Commission on Independent Schools (CIS) accredits a wide range of private schools in the six states of New England including traditional boarding and day preparatory schools, private elementary schools, schools serving students with special needs, and religiously affiliated schools of many faiths.
The Commission on International Education (CIE PS-12) is the overseas accrediting branch of NEASC. American and international schools located abroad, online education academies and providers, and National Schools with embedded international programs may seek accreditation through NEASC/CIE.
The Commission on Public Schools (CPS) accredits and supports public elementary, middle, and high schools, and career and technical schools/centers throughout the six states of New England.
The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states as well as ten American-style institutions in other countries. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. CIHE is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education.
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Chair of the NEASC Board of Trustees and Head of School (Superintendent) at Frankfurt International School in Germany, Dr.