About Accreditation

The NEASC/CIE accreditation process encourages school improvement through a process of continuous Self-Reflection and peer review. The award of NEASC accredited status indicates that the member school has achieved high standards of professional performance and is committed to continuing growth and development. Heads of schools and teachers from our accredited schools play an active role in assessing the progress of peer institutions as Visiting Team participants and contributing their knowledge and Best Practice ideas.

For many years, the 8th Edition Protocol (School Improvement through Accreditation "Journey to Excellence in International Education") set standards of high quality for International Education. In 2016, CIE introduced ACE, its groundbreaking accreditation protocol which presents a fundamentally different approach to accreditation. All CIE member schools will eventually transition from the 8th Edition protocol to ACE according to a schedule based on their current status in the accreditation cycle.

To learn more about ACE, please view the ACE Overview. It explains the conceptual framework that underpins ACE, describes the various phases of the accreditation process, and summarizes the most significant differences to current protocols.

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