Eligibility Requirements

Schools wishing to be accredited by NEASC through CIE must:

  • Use English as a primary language of instruction and communication throughout the school.
  • Demonstrate the international nature of the school through a mission which includes creating international citizens, through demographics of the student body and staff, and through the co-curricular experiences and programs offered.
  • Provide a curriculum which in content, design, implementation, and assessment reflects best practices in American and international education.
  • Prepare students to be able to transfer to similar schools worldwide or, upon graduation, to enter colleges and universities where English is the primary medium of instruction.
  • Have several years of operating history.
  • Operate outside the United States.

Schools applying for membership in NEASC through CIE must:

  • Commit to meeting established standards.
  • Commit to a process of self-evaluation, peer review, and on-going systematic improvement, utilizing CIE’s standards.
  • Be willing to host a preliminary visit to assess the school’s readiness for the self-study process leading to accreditation.
  • Be able to host a visiting team appointed by CIE so as to ensure peer review.
  • Have basic guiding documents (faculty handbook, student handbook, written curriculum, employment contracts, staff evaluation procedures, governing board policies, and job descriptions).
  • Upon application, and later upon request, submit an independent audit, current budget, and most recent management letter in English.
  • Commit to acting within the spirits of the ideals and principles enunciated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Be willing to release faculty members and other personnel to serve on visiting teams for accreditation visits to other similar schools.

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