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About FCIS

Driven by a passion for educational excellence, the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) works to both set the standards and advance the quality of independent private school education in the State of Florida.

Founded in 1954, FCIS is the premier accrediting body for independent schools in Florida. It is one of only 10 state associations in the U.S. whose accreditation process has been recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the international authority on independent school accreditation representing schools in over 100 countries.

Serving the needs of member schools, educators, and families, FCIS provides a rigorous evaluation process accrediting the finest independent schools throughout Florida; offers a robust array of school resources and professional development programs for motivated educators; and promotes the highest level of academic and operational quality for families seeking an independent school education.

As one of the nation’s largest organizations of independent schools, FCIS represents over 74,000 students in 144 member schools. The Council also represents the interests of independent schools in matters of legislation and regulation.