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Accreditations, Affiliations, and Membership at CIS

Accreditations, Affiliations,
and Membership

Our accreditation with two external accrediting agencies is what distinguishes us as a truly international school in Bangalore.  Our accreditation indicates that our programs, facilities, policies and practices meet the standards of external organizations and is the pre-eminent measure of quality for international schools worldwide. 

Canadian International School is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CoIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), both top Internationally recognized accreditation agencies.  What this means is that our CIS transcripts and diplomas hold the same weight and measure as any accredited independent school in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and European Union.  Our CIS diploma satisfies all entry needs and is instantly recognized by all universities around the world.

Canadian International School is also fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as a recognized IB World School and we provide the full IB Diploma Programme in grades 11-12. This is a pre-university course of study aimed at holistic education  and designed for students in their last two years of secondary school.Our continued accreditations and authorization ensure ongoing school improvement through annual self-study processes, and guarantee that external entities, like colleges and universities throughout the world, recognize the quality of our students, faculty, programs, and systems.

CIS affiliation with New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

New England Association of
Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is one of six regional higher education accreditors in the United States that is recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The New England Association is empowered to provide peer evaluation, feedback for improvement, and accreditation to education institutions. Nationally, NEASC accredits colleges and schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont within the United States and internationally, the organization accredits schools across the globe.

The Middle States Association is composed of three individual accrediting commissions which include the Commission on Elementary Schools, the Commission on Secondary Schools and finally the Commission on Higher Education, which accredits colleges and universities.


CIS affiliation with International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)

International Baccalaureate
Diploma Program (IBDP)

CIS is authorized as an IB World School, offering the full IB Diploma Program. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is a pre-university course of study aimed at holistic education  and designed for students in their last two years of secondary school. The IB Diploma curriculum can be administered in any country and is recognized by universities across the globe.

The IBO is an international, non-governmental organization founded under Swiss law. It is governed by a Director General, who is elected by a 30-member council representing governments, IB school heads, and private individuals. Besides the main office in Europe, there are regional offices in the United States, Europe, South America, and SouthEast Asia. The working languages of IB are English, French and Spanish. CIS is part of the Asia and the Pacific (IBAP) region of the IBO.

CIS affiliation with Cambridge International Assessment

Cambridge International

Canadian international school is registered to offer the Cambridge Primary, Cambrdige Lower Secondary and Cambrdige IGCSE programs, and is recognised as a Cambridge International Centre since 2008. 

CIS affiliation with Council of International Schools (CoIS)

Council of International
Schools (CoIS)

The Council of International Schools (CoIS) is recognized by K-12 and Colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and around the globe as providing supportive and well-documented evaluation and feedback with partnering schools to ensure that the quality of educational processes, facilities and student and adult well-being are met to the highest standards.  

CoIS is the lead organization in our dual accreditation process with NEASC, each taking oversight of various aspects of our curriculum, faculty preparedness, community engagement, student well-being, facilities, and financial stability. The 5-year process includes a self study process with a post self study visitation followed by a full review visitation by a larger accrediting team to cap the 5-year process.  Commendations and areas to be addressed are transparently shared with the school community.

Text quoted from the CoIS web site “CIS is itself accredited by the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA), an over-arching professional association which “accredits the accreditors”. CIS is a member of ICAISA to influence and improve the accreditation of independent schools while submitting to the evaluation and validation of the quality of our own accreditation process. CIS has voluntarily submitted to a rigorous and impartial review of its accreditation protocol and has demonstrated adherence to ICAISA Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices.”

CIS affiliation with Common Ground Collaborative (CGC)

Common Ground
Collaborative (CGC)

In 2019, CIS also joined the Common Ground Collaborative as a member school and created its Definition of Learning. Learning at CIS is transformative process that leads to conceptual understanding, demonstration of competencies through application, and development of character as seen through the CIS Core Values. Today, Canadian International School is a CGC Inspire school. 

CIS affiliation with East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS)

East Asia Regional Council
of Schools (EARCOS)

CIS is also a member of EARCOS, East Asia Regional Council of Schools. In 2019, CIS founded BAASC (Bangalore Activities and Athletics School Conference), with 4 member schools, to promote interschool athletics among students in of International Schools in Bangalore.

CIS affiliation with an Apple Distinguished School
CIS affiliation with Common Sense School
CIS affiliation with ISTA
CIS affiliation with AMIS