Accreditation and Affiliation

A hallmark of a great school is that it seeks and achieves accreditation through an external monitoring agency. ISA is accredited by three agencies:

French Accreditation through the Ministry of Education:AEFE

Accreditation by the French Ministry of Education certifies that  ISA complies with the demands, curricula, teaching objectives and organizational policies of the French education system. ISA delivers the French National Curriculum in a language immersion environment, using the inquiry-based methodology at the core of the French Education philosophy. ISA is one of only 52 approved French schools in North America.

Spanish Accreditation through the Cervantes Institute:
The Cervantes Institute was established by the Spanish government in 1991 as a worldwide non-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion of the Spanish language and culture. Institutions accredited by the Cervantes Institute have conformed to the requirements related to academic programs, faculty qualifications and administrative organization.

In order to preserve this accreditation, ISA must submit to periodic evaluations demonstrating compliance to the numerous indicators.  The denomination “Centro Acreditado” by the Instituto Cervantes can only be used by Centers endowed with the accreditation of the Instituto Cervantes. There are 37 centers accredited in the world, with only two accredited in the United States.

U.S. Accreditation through AdvancEd:AdvancED-Horz

AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, representing 30,000 public and private schools and systems across the United States and in 75 countries worldwide. Today, NCA CASI, NWAC, and SACS CASI serve as accreditation divisions of AdvancED.  Through AdvancED, these divisions share research-based accreditation standards that cross state, regional, national, and international boundaries.  Accompanying these standards is a unified accreditation process designed to help educational institutions continuously improve.


In addition, ISA is affiliated with the following professional organizations:

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

The National Association of Independent Schools is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.

Arizona Association of Independent Schools (AAIS)

The Arizona Association of Independent Schools represents 10 member schools state wide unified by a common mission–to promote high standards, educational quality, and ethics as a banner of education in the state of Arizona through professional development, outreach and advocacy.

Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)

ISA is a participating member of AAIE which connects diverse people, ideas and resources and helps international educators lead with vision, wisdom and integrity

Academy for International School Heads (AISH)

AISH provides a professional community, by and for Heads of international schools worldwide. Members collaborate, offer advice and support, share best practice and define areas of advocacy.