The Value of FCIS Accreditation

The Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) was founded in 1954 as an organization dedicated to independence and quality of member schools. To ensure quality, all member schools must undergo an extensive accreditation process, with a periodic evaluation every five years. Schools must successfully meet FCIS Standards, demonstrate financial stability, provide quality education, and successfully undergo evaluation visits to be granted and to retain membership in FCIS.

Membership in FCIS confirms the following:

FCIS is a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation, having successfully completed a comprehensive evaluation process in 2008.

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation was founded in 2001 by the NAIS Board of Trustees. The NAIS Board charged the Commission to develop criteria for effective independent school accreditation practices, exemplary standards, and models of successful accreditation policies and procedures; to engage in research to inform accreditation practice; and to promote, through advocacy efforts, public understanding of and credibility for independent school accrediting programs.

The primary goals of the Commission are as follows:

  • Provide quality assurance and accountability for state, regional and international members
  • Establish and maintain criteria for effective accreditation
  • Conduct formal evaluations of member associations
  • Examine and assess the evolving educational environment
  • Develop innovative practices in independent education
  • Promote transformative leadership in the field of accreditation
  • Strengthen independent school education
  • Support the ongoing improvement of individual schools as they enhance learning experiences for their students

Today, the NAIS Commission on Accreditation is an international authority on independent school accreditation, representing thousands of schools in over 100 countries. The NAIS Commission accredits 19 independent school associations worldwide; FCIS is one of only 10 state associations in the U.S. whose accreditation process has been recognized by the NAIS Commission.

Current NAIS Commission members include:

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