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Recognition of CIS International Accreditation

Recognition by country


In Australia, CIS works cooperatively with the Victoria Department of Education and Training and the Queensland Department of Education to align the CIS International Accreditation process with state Department of Education External Reviews.


The Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC) recognizes the validity of CIS International Accreditation on a 5-year cycle as a mark of quality assurance as they consider schools for membership in the association, fulfilling their requirement for accreditation to ensure the highest educational, leadership and administration standards.


The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan (MEXT) recognizes students from CIS-Accredited schools as eligible for admission to Japanese universities. The National Information Center for Academic Recognition Japan (NIC-Japan) provides an overview of admission qualifications and pathways to higher education in Japan. 

The Netherlands

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science have designated international or foreign schools that are or will be accredited by CIS as schools where pupils can fulfill their compulsory education in the Netherlands. Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalisation of education) recognizes CIS International Accreditation as a “valid alternative to American regional accreditation organisations”.


In Thailand, CIS is recognized by ONESQA.

United Kingdom

The Council of British International Schools (COBIS), the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) and the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) recognize the validity of CIS International Accreditation on a 5-year cycle as a mark of quality assurance as they consider schools for membership in their respective associations.

United States

The Council of International Schools is an approved accrediting agency for private elementary and secondary schools as identified by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Student and Exchange Visitor Program. The CIS Protocol is authorized via a Memoranda of Understanding as the basis and framework for dual accreditation internationally by three U.S. regional accreditation agencies: MSA, NEASC and WASC.


CIS is recognized professionally as an accrediting body by the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA), a professional association for accreditors. Following a rigorous and impartial review of the CIS international accreditation process, ICAISA has commended and confirmed its confidence in the quality of CIS accreditation and has verified CIS compliance with ICAISA’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices.

International Alliance for School Accreditation

CIS is a member of the International Alliance for School Accreditation, a coalition of regional, national, and international accrediting bodies, whose purpose is to bring forward the best in accreditation while giving these bodies a unifying voice; helping to advance the standard and quality in the accreditation of education worldwide.