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Organizations interested in joining ICAISA are encouraged to contact ICAISA Executive Director, Bonnie Ricci, at

A primary purpose of ICAISA is to provide a vehicle by which member associations can cooperate and improve independent school accreditation practices, ultimately enhancing the quality of education for students in accredited member schools. In addition, recognition by ICAISA establishes a credible assurance of the quality of independent school accreditation practices upon which the public can rely.

The activities of ICAISA include the following: assuring the highest standards for independent school accreditation by requiring compliance with the Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices as a matter of ICAISA membership; developing core standards for accreditation to serve as a reference for Council members’ accreditation programs; disseminating models of successful accreditation policies and procedures; engaging in research that will inform accreditation practice; promoting through advocacy efforts public understanding of and credibility for independent school accrediting programs; assuring structure, consistency, and oversight to peer review of member associations; and providing leadership, including representation from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), in matters of accreditation practice and policies.

“The Florida Council (FCIS) values its relationship and partnership with ICAISA and supports its outstanding work in promoting high quality, independent education across the globe.  From accreditation to member services and professional development, ICAISA is an important voice, resource and advocate for our industry.”

David V. Mahler, Head of School, The Out-of-Door Academy, Past-Chair, FCIS Board


ICAISA Representatives and invited guests at the September 2020 meetings, held virtually due to COVID-19.


ICAISA Representatives at the September 2019 meetings in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.


ICAISA Representatives at the September 2018 meetings at Mohonk Mountain House, New York.