Approved List of Accrediting Agencies

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NATIONAL & REGIONAL Accrediting Agencies

  • Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools,
  • New England Association of Schools & Colleges,
  • Advanc Ed Advancing Excellence in Education (formerly North Central Assc. of Colleges & Schools and Southern Assc. of Colleges and Schools)
  • Southern Assc. of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Association of Schools & Colleges,
  • Western Association of Schools & Colleges,
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) (accredited by states in which located)
  • National Lutheran School Accreditation
  • Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA)
  • American Association of Christian Schools  
  • Members of the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA)*,
  • Member Accrediting Agencies belonging to National Association of Independent School (NAIS)**,


  • Alabama Independent School Association
  • Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association
  • Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools (FAANS) approved Accrediting Organizations
  • Georgia Accrediting Commission, Inc.
  • Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC)
  • Michigan Nonpublic School Accrediting Association 
  • Michigan: University of Michigan (Bureau of School Services) 
  • Minnesota Independent School Association 
  • Minnesota Nonpublic School Accreditation Association
  • Mississippi Association of Independent Schools
  • Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association
  • Missouri: University of Missouri
  • New York Schools of the Archdiocese of NY
  • New York: University of the State of New York 
  • Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association
  • Puerto Rico - CADIE, Department of Public Instruction
  • South Carolina Independent School Association 
  • Texas Catholic Conference
  • Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC)
  • Virginia Council for Private Education
  • Wisconsin Nonpublic School Accrediting Association 


*The following are recognized members of NCPSA:

  • Accrediting Association of Seventh Day Adventist Schools, Colleges & Universities
  • Alabama Independent School Association
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • Association of Christian Teachers & Schools – Assemblies of God
  • Association of Independent Schools of Florida
  • Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
  • Christian Schools International
  • Christian Schools of Florida
  • Florida Association of Christian Colleges & Schools
  • Florida Catholic Conference
  • International Christian Accrediting Association
  • Kentucky Non-Public School Commission
  • Montessori School Accreditation Commission
  • National Accreditation Board of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch
  • National Christian School Association
  • National Independent Private Schools Association

** The following are recognized members of NAIS:

  • Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
  • Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)
  • Association of Independent Schools in New England
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS)
  • Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
  • Independent Schools Association of the Central States 
  • Independent Schools Association of the Southwest
  • New York State Association of Independent Schools
  • Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools
  • Pennsylvania Association of Private Academic Schools
  • Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools
  • Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)

Organizations NOT accepted for accrediting purposes:

  • Cook County, IL Office of Educational Services 
  • National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)  (NCEA is not an accrediting organization)
  • North Carolina Dept of Non-Public Schools

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