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 schools around the world to assess, support, and promote high quality education for all students. Founded in 1885, NEASC has a long tradition and proven reputation for quality assurance in education. Focusing on levels PK to grade 12, NEASC provides a relevant, future forward framework for meaningful, ongoing whole school improvement through accreditation, professional assistance, and pursuit of best practices.

NEASC's membership represents a broad array of diverse educational institutions unified in their commitment to improvement and growth. More than 1500 public, independent, and international schools in the United States and in over 90 countries around the world are NEASC Members, Candidates for Accreditation, or have achieved Eligibility for Accreditation.

As a deeply mission-driven organization, NEASC is guided by key priorities that include advancing equity, empowering students, and promoting innovation and excellence in education. NEASC does not compare or rank schools, but rather establishes rigorous standards of quality for all accredited schools, centers, and programs while respecting the unique culture and context of each institution it supports. 

NEASC'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 professional resource and providing support

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.