Council of International Schools Accreditation

Xavier College has been an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) since 2001. CIS is a membership community committed to high quality international education serving 711 schools and 512 colleges and universities based in 112 countries around the world.  Xavier was the first Australian school to be accredited with the CIS and there are now 55 member schools from the government and private sectors across Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania. 

As a global non-profit membership organisation, CIS provides services to primary and secondary schools, higher education institutions and individuals that share these ideals:

  • a desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens; and
  • a commitment to high quality international education.

To achieve this goal, CIS members infuse their programmes and offerings with an international and intercultural perspective so that students can move forward with the attitudes and understanding that will provide them with a solid base wherever their studies or work may take them.  Primary and secondary school members further commit to undertaking an ongoing external quality assurance process to enhance student learning.

CIS School Evaluation and Accreditation is an evaluation process that drives a school’s continuous improvement, through:

  • rigorous evaluation against internationally-agreed standards;
  • a blend of support and challenge, focused on a school’s development; and
  • a peer-based model that brings together international educators from across the world of CIS-accredited schools.

CIS is a non-national, non-regionally affiliated organisation and the status of CIS Accreditation confers an international recognition to stakeholders all over the world. The status of international accreditation demonstrates a school’s commitment to high quality international education to the school community as well as to the outside world: prospective families, educational leaders and teachers as well as universities, embassies, other government departments, and global companies and organisations. 

CIS is itself held accountable through a rigorous review process similar to the process undergone by schools. The CIS accreditation service, has been reviewed by the National Association of Independent Schools’ Commission on Accreditation (US) and deemed in compliance with the criteria for effective accreditation practices. This facilitates the acceptance of students’ transcripts with colleges and universities in the United States.

Undertaking an accreditation process is a big task. As the leader in the field of school evaluation and accreditation worldwide, CIS works with other regional accreditation agencies and organisations offering academic programmes, including providing the opportunity to synchronise the IB programme evaluation process within CIS whole-school evaluation and accreditation.

Heads and teachers from CIS Member Schools play an active role as Peer Evaluators and Report Readers, assessing and evaluating the progress of schools at the Team Evaluation stage and over the rest of the accreditation cycle. The process is thereby enriched by the sharing of knowledge and effective practice, to the benefit of not only schools but also the peers involved in their evaluation.