How does your school demonstrate your commitment to high quality international education to parents, students and staff members? How do you ensure your school is continually improving and keeping up with the best international education standards?

CIS School Evaluation and Accreditation is an evaluation process that drives a school’s continuous improvement, through:

  • rigorous evaluation against internationally-agreed standards;
  • a blend of support and challenge, focused on a school’s development; and
  • a peer-based model that brings together international educators from across the world of CIS-accredited schools.

CIS is a non-national, non-regionally affiliated organisation and the status of CIS Accreditation confers an international recognition to stakeholders all over the world. The status of international accreditation demonstrates a school’s commitment to high quality international education to the school community as well as to the outside world: prospective families, educational leaders and teachers as well as universities, embassies, other government departments, and global companies and organisations.

CIS is itself held accountable through a rigorous review process similar to the process undergone by schools. The CIS accreditation service, has been reviewed by the National Association of Independent Schools’ Commission on Accreditation (US) and deemed in compliance with the criteria for effective accreditation practices. This facilitates the acceptance of students’ transcripts with colleges and universities in the United States.

Undertaking an accreditation process is a big task. As the leader in the field of school evaluation and accreditation worldwide, CIS works with other regional accreditation agencies and organisations offering academic programmes, including providing the opportunity to synchronise the IB programme evaluation process within CIS whole-school evaluation and accreditation.

Heads and teachers from CIS Member Schools play an active role as Peer Evaluators and Report Readers, assessing and evaluating the progress of schools at the Team Evaluation stage and over the rest of the accreditation cycle. The process is thereby enriched by the sharing of knowledge and effective practice, to the benefit of not only schools but also the peers involved in their evaluation.

More than 450 CIS Member Schools have been granted accredited status following a directed comprehensive Self-Study and a rigorous evaluation by an Evaluation Team. More than 100 member schools have started the accreditation process with the ambition of gaining CIS Accreditation.

CIS Member Schools are invited to apply for Accreditation.

Learn more about applying for School Membership.

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