International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation
Inspiring Transformation ~ Upholding Excellence

ICAISA, originally convened in 2002 as the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation, is a nonprofit organization, incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3). Each Association Member of ICAISA has voluntarily submitted to a rigorous and impartial review of its accreditation program and demonstrated its adherence to ICAISA Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices.


The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Student Exchange Visitors Program recognizes ICAISA members and their accredited schools located in the United States of America.


ICAISA is an equal employment opportunity employer. ICAISA will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), age, religion, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status under applicable state, federal, or national law.

ICAISA is an international advocate for excellence and accountability in assessment of independent schools.

ICAISA members maintain thoughtful and deliberate accreditation programs that encourage continual school improvement while meeting criteria for effective accreditation practices that have been researched, field-tested, and refined based on their use in thousands of school settings.

ICAISA serves as an informed and guiding authority, helping to ensure independent school strength and autonomy through quality assurance.

ICAISA Fast Facts

3,500 Accredited Schools

ICAISA recognized accrediting associations serve excellent independent schools world-wide.

“Teachers and students use the power of peers positively to progress learning.”

John A.C. Hattie

120 Countries

Students and employees at schools accredited by ICAISA members live in over 120 countries all over the world.

“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of
the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands,
but a continent that joins to them.”

Sir Francis Bacon

1,899,936  Students

The minds of almost 2 million students are being shaped by excellent educators at ICAISA member schools.

“Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”

 Malala Yousafzai

$2 Billion Financial Aid

Over 2 billion dollars of need-based financial aid is awarded to students at ICAISA member schools.

"A man of humanity is one who...desiring attainment for
himself, helps others to attain." Confucius