Accreditation is a highly suitable system of accountability for independent schools, recognizing their distinctive missions and respecting their institutional diversity while maintaining high standards in every area of program and practice. The members of ICAISA, The International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation, are committed to developing and maintaining a set of Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation drawing on their combined experience. These Criteria provide a common ground for the accreditation policies and practices of state, regional, and international independent school associations. The member associations of ICAISA will be accountable to one another through a process patterned on the independent school accreditation model. As with school accreditation, this will serve two purposes: quality assurance and institutional improvement. The review process also challenges member associations to reflect on the changing educational landscape and the association’s role in leading change and innovation. The ultimate goal of the review process is to improve accreditation practices to support the permanence and strength of schools served by member associations.

“It is exciting and fitting that the former NAIS Committee on Accreditation has grown to become ICAISA. Through its commitment and expertise in accreditation practices ICAISA offers deep knowledge and broad experience in helping schools with their continual improvement. A high level of integrity, professionalism, and reliance on sharing best practice is a hallmark of ICAISA and its members.”

Eric Temple, Head of School, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, California