NEASC about



Improving Schools. Empowering Students. Promoting Excellence.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which partners with over 1500 public, independent, and international schools in the US and in over 90 countries worldwide. Founded in 1885, NEASC has a long tradition of school improvement and works to assess, support, and promote high quality education for all students through accreditation, professional assistance, and pursuit of best practices.

Today NEASC focuses on the accreditation of schools spanning PK to Grade 12 and, as a deeply mission-driven organization, is guided by key priorities which include advancing equity, promoting innovation and excellence in education, and empowering students. NEASC aspires to provide a process for meaningful, ongoing whole school improvement while honoring the unique culture and context of each institution it supports.  

NEASC is an advocate of educational quality and its ongoing improvement; it’s purposes are exclusively educational. It serves the public interest, the educational community, and the students within the educational system by:

  • establishing and maintaining high standards of educational excellence
  • providing a framework for institutional self-reflection and objective peer review
  • serving as a resource and support for ongoing, meaningful whole-school improvement and growth.

Drawing upon its considerable experience, NEASC serves as a public policy resource on issues related to the condition of education in New England, the US, and in the international learning communities it serves. The Association is a private, nonprofit corporation that adheres to fundamental principles of fairness and non-discrimination, thus NEASC is uniquely positioned to work in partnership with other organizations on a regional, national, and international scale as it works to sustain and advance the quality of education for all students.