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The Guide To Accreditation of International Schools in Shanghai

There are several major bodies of international accreditation - including U.S.-based accreditation as well as IB (International Baccalaureate) World Schools. The schools typically go through a rigouro...
2020-12-05 12:00:00

There are several major bodies of international accreditation - including U.S.-based accreditation as well as IB (International Baccalaureate) World Schools. The schools typically go through a rigourous process to achieve these qualifications and must keep them updated regularly.

Registered International schools are sometimes only allowed to accept students with a citizenship outside the host country.

Kindergartens and pre-schools may exist in the gray area - not official international schools and also not official local kindergartens. It's worth checking closely as they may only hold a training license.


AdvancED is a non-profit, non-governmental U.S. organization that accredits primary and secondary schools in both the United States and internationally. AdvancED works with more than 32,000 schools and school systems, and is the largest community of education professionals in the world.

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Browse all AdvancedEd accrediated schools in Shanghai


The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a membership community committed to high quality international education. As a global non-profit membership organization, CIS provides services to primary and secondary schools, higher education institutions and individuals. Programs and offerings include 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. The CIS community includes 711 schools and 512 colleges and universities representing 112 countries.

For more information:

Browse all CIS accrediated schools in Shanghai


IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) World Schools offer one of the IBO-accredited programs. In order to offer one or more of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs of education, schools must complete an authorization process. Once they have been authorized, they are known as IB World Schools.

The process may include the different age levels that the IB covers: PYP, MYP, Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career-related Programme (CP).

For more information:

Browse all IBO accrediated schools in Shanghai


The National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT) is a non-governmental agency affiliated with the Ministry of Education in China (MOE), and is the only accreditation-related agency approved by the MOE.

NCCT is engaged in nationwide study, development and assessment of school curricula, textbooks and related professional work.

For more information (Chinese only):

Browse all NCCT accrediated schools in Shanghai


Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is a major U.S.-based accreditation. The organization has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education – from pre-kindergarten to the doctoral level – longer than any other accreditation agency in the United States.

NEASC is an independent, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 2,000 public and independent schools, technical institutions, colleges and universities in New England plus International Schools in more than 65 nations worldwide.

For more information:

Browse all NEASC accrediated schools in Shanghai


The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), is one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. The organization works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the U.S. Department of State. ACS WASC provides assistance to schools worldwide.

Browse all WASC accrediated schools in Shanghai