The Council of International Schools (CIS) is the world’s leading organization in accreditation and recognition of schools that meet international standards with strict criteria and standards. The CIS accreditation is considered to be a leader in standards for educational institutions around the world.

Currently, there are more than 740 schools from the pre-school to high school and 610 colleges and universities representing 122 countries participating in the CIS community. The goal of CIS is to support member schools in implementing and achieving the highest standards of international education while continuously improving the quality of training.

The reason that schools go through the accreditation process is three fold. We want to validate or have validation of the hard work that every teacher does. We want to have a concrete development plan and support in doing so. We want our students to be able to get into international universities and for our school to have international recognition. It is the international recognition parents are looking for.
All CIS members are expected to:

  • Fulfill the promises stated in their guiding statements, policies, contracts and promotional materials.
  • Strive for excellence.
  • Nurture a culture of care in which the education, safety and well-being of students and others are paramount.
  • Comply with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Respect the dignity and equality of all individuals, groups and cultures.
  • Promote global citizenship

This CIS International Accreditation evaluation framework provides a structured methodology for reflection, evaluation, and development for a school community to deploy and ensure systematic and continuous school improvement. The framework is underpinned by four drivers, which reflect the Council of International Schools’ vision and mission. These four drivers are how effectively a school:

  • Delivers its own stated purpose and direction;
  • Provides effective student learning;
  • Ensures and enhances student well-being; and
  • Develops global citizenship. Protection Status