Framework and Protocol

CIS International Accreditation is fully and entirely developed by CIS, reflecting our mission, values, diverse membership, and our Code of Ethics. Educational leaders developed the protocol based on research of school development and improvement, with feedback from more than 200 schools in 50 countries.

These are the drivers for our protocol:

CIS Accreditation Drivers

Purpose & Direction

The implementation of the mission, vision and values, including the development of global citizenship, as defined by the school.

The Development of Global Citizenship

As defined by the CIS mission and definition of global citizenship.

High quality learning and teaching

The nature and quality of learning and the resulting progress made by the students.


Protection, safety, security and overall wellness.

Furthermore, it is characterized by:

  • the inclusion of recommendations made by the International Taskforce on Child Protection, embracing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the UN Declaration of Human Rights
  • the CIS Community Survey, managed by CIS research experts, which allows your school to include specific questions for an annual climate survey
  • a strong focus on futures learning
  • the promotion of sustainable school improvement, innovation and the research-centred school
  • a strong foundation based on research and developing pedagogies
  • online tools for collaborative planning and writing reports

Pathways for Re-accreditation

There are two pathways to achieving CIS re-accreditation. The rigour and quality of the protocol remain consistent in both options to enable your school’s improvement. Your school leadership team will choose the pathway that aligns best with your school’s stage of development and strategic plan.

Pathway 1

Schools that choose Pathway 1 will review a broad set of standards across the CIS four drivers. Pathway 1 supports your school’s progress and development over time, developing capacity to support your self-evaluation.


pathway 2

You will validate your international accreditation through a deep dive focus into one of the drivers (learning & teaching, well-being, and global citizenship & intercultural learning). This option allows you to choose an area of focus according to your school’s strategic priorities, committing to substantial innovation aligned with related standards in that area.

Schools interested in membership and CIS Accreditation can contact CIS.