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Since the 1970s, the NEASC Commission on International Education (formerly the NEASC Commission on American and International Schools Abroad) has enjoyed a close relationship with the U.S. Department of State's Office of Overseas Schools — the office within the U.S. Federal Government that supports nearly 200 K-12 schools around the world. The Office of Overseas Schools helps to promote quality educational opportunities at the elementary and secondary level for dependents of American citizens living abroad. Please take a moment to read the letter officially recognizing NEASC's accreditation and support work with American and international schools abroad, written by the Director of the Office of Overseas Schools, Dr. Thomas Shearer.

PDF icon Letter of Recognition - US Dept of State to NEASC - April 2018.pdf


The organizations listed on this website have a working relationship with NEASC or are accrediting agencies in their own right. They are all important organizations which we are pleased to be associated with as we work together toward the betterment of international education.


NEASC and ECIS (The Educational Collaborative for International Schools) partnered in March of 2015 to co-develop a professional learning curriculum for schools seeking or maintaining NEASC accreditation through the Commission on International Education, PS-12 (CIE).

Founded in 1965, ECIS is a non-profit global membership organization that provides professional learning, research, advocacy, and funding for the benefit of its members, comprising early stage through mature international and internationally-minded schools, higher education institutions, organizations that support education through their products and services, and individuals who are internationally-minded in their outlook and practice. ECIS is headquartered in Europe.

Cameron C. Staples, President of NEASC, stated that this partnership “will significantly benefit international schools that want to be in the vanguard of embedding transformational approaches to education within their communities. NEASC highly values a partnership with the very organization with which NEASC began collaborating some 30 years ago." His comments were echoed by Kevin J. Ruth, Executive Director of ECIS, who stated, “We are excited to partner with NEASC to develop and deliver an accreditation-specific professional learning curriculum that promotes international schools as transformative learning ecosystems. It fits perfectly with our commitment to leading learning worldwide.”

To learn more about NEASC/ECIS ACE Accreditation workshops, visit the ECIS website.

International Baccalaureate


CIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Baccalaureate organization in May 2015. International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools and the MOU establishes a framework of cooperation between NEASC and IB for conducting synchronized accreditation/evaluation visits. The majority of schools overseas offer the IB curriculum, and CIE also conducts evaluations with the IB organizations of Geneva SW and New York City.

NEASC and IB will create joint working groups with the purpose of identifying, analyzing, and resolving potential issues that may arise in conjunction with synchronized visits to member schools. Although IB has had an informal relationship with NEASC/CIE for many years, the MOU paved the way for more frequent, direct consultations, professional exchanges, and discussions between the two organizations about matters related to accreditation and evaluation.

"This agreement represents an extension of our efforts to better serve schools by providing the opportunity to synchronize accreditation and programme evaluation visits," says Andrew Macdonald, IB Chief Schools Officer. "For several years we have been actively streamlining processes so that educators can focus on delivering our high-quality educational programmes."

For NEASC/CIE the agreement is a significant development in its commitment to international education. “The MOU underscores NEASC/CIE’s intention to participate actively in discourse about the future of education by cultivating professional relationships with like-minded, world-wide organizations,” says Peter C. Mott, (former) Director of NEASC/CIE.

By coordinating the visits, IB and CIE will maintain each organization’s objectives and requirements while verifying that schools are continuously improving and evolving both as IB World Schools and as NEASC Accredited schools.

To learn more about the IB, go to:  http://www.ibo.org

Council of International Schools

The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a not-for-profit organization of a worldwide international educational community comprising over 600 member schools and 450 colleges/universities. The central purpose of CIS is to enable member organization to achieve and deliver the highest standards in international education and continually improve the outcome of student learning.

To learn more about the Council of International Schools, visit them online at  http://www.cois.org

Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) - U.A.E.

We continue our strong partnership with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai, as the only international accreditor to work with the more than 30 American curriculum schools there. 

View KHDA's website at https://www.khda.gov.ae/en/Website


NEASC/CIE serves American/International schools overseas through accreditation, professional development, and support; thus we are heavily involved in the international community. Listed below are regional associations, international teacher recruitment sites, and other leading organizations whose goal is the betterment of international education throughout the world. NEASC works closely with these organization toward that goal.

Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)

The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)
AAIE is a non-profit, membership-based international organization that partners with educational institutions and associations worldwide to exchange international ideas, resources and research that help develop and improve international education, to diversify and expand school leadership capacity.

The Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA)

The Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA)
AASSA, founded in 1961 as a non-profit association aims to: discover and develop ways and means for improving understanding through international education; improve upon the quality of teaching and learning in Association schools; facilitate comunication and cooperative action between and among all Association schools; and facilitate cooperative action with national, state, local or non-governmental agencies in the field of international education. 

The Assocation of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS)

The Assocation of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS)
ACAMIS is a non-profit organization formed to facilitate communications and development between international schools in China and Mongolia, assisting member schools to grow and achieve the very best standards in education. 

Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA)

Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA)
The mission of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) is to facilitate improvement in learning and teaching through communication and cooperation among member schools, and to promote professional growth of teachers, administrators, and board members.

East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS)

East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) 
The East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools, formed in 1964, it is now an organizaton of 108 member schools in East Asia.  These schools have a total of more than 72,000 pre-k to 12th Grade students with an additional 97 associate members and over 27 individual members as of 2007.  In accomplishing its mission and vision, EARCOS plays a prominent leadership role throughout the global educational community with an objective to promote intercultural understanding and international friendship through the achievements of member schools.

International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC)

In 2015 NEASC helped to develop and adopted a set of comprehensive child protection standards that NEASC-accredited and candidate schools must meet. The standards and expectations were developed by the International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP) and are based on extensive research conducted in cooperation with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC).  

Resources developed by task force members in order to assist adults who work with children and teens are available on the ICMEC Education Portal.

International Schools Services (ISS)

International Schools Services (ISS)
Since 1955, ISS has grown into a dynamic educational force in the overseas community.  A nonprofit corporation dedicated to excellence for children attending overseas schools worldwide, ISS is the leader in providing a comprehensive range of quality educational services for schools, educators, families and corporations.

Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS)

Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS) 
MAIS is a professional organization that strives to improve the quality of education in its Member schools.  Located in Madrid, Spain.

The Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA)

The Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA)
NESA is a non-profit, voluntary association of more than 100 private, independent American/international schools in North Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia.  NESA's mission is to serve member schools "by facilitating sustainable and systemic school improvement based on the best practices of American and international education.

The Association of International Schools of India (TAISI)

The Association of International Schools of India (TAISI)
TAISI was founded in 2005.  Its primary objective is to create a platform on which the stakeholders of schools in the region can engage.  This engagement has, over the years, taken the form of dialogue, workshops, cooperation, sharing and alliance building.  TAISI's focus is on professional development for teachers, leadership building for heads, and skills building for students.  At the core of everything, is student learning.

The Association of Schools of Central America, Colombia, Caribbean and Mexico - Tri-Association

The Association of Schools of Central America, Colombia, Caribbean and Mexico  - Tri-Association
The Association of American Schools of Central America, Colombia, Caribbean and Mexico - The Tri-Association was established to provide services and information to three regional educational associations:
      - The Association of American Schools of Central America (AASCA)
      - The Association of Colombian-Caribbean American Schools (ACCAS)
      - The Association of American Schools of Mexico (ASOMEX)