Accreditation, Affiliation & Examination

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.

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:

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.

The D.E.L.E. Diploma Examination


The D.E.L.E. (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera : Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language) are official qualifications awarded by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Ministry of Education of Spain and adapted following the guidelines of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for languages).

The DELE is the only international and lifetime certificates officially confirming competency and fluency in the Spanish Language, thus enhancing your professional profile.

There are 6 levels of proficiency available:

  • A1 (Basic level)
  • A2 (Low intermediate level)
  • B1 (Intermediate level)
  • B2 (Advanced level)
  • C1 (Proficiency level)
  • C2 (Mastery level)

Gain this important credential to validate your level of competency in the Spanish Language!

To learn more about this certificate and its different levels, please download the Take the DELE Exam brochure.

The International School of Arizona, which is part of a network of more than 750 examination centers in over 100 countries around the world, is the only examination center in the State of Arizona.  The price of the DELE exam varies based on country, level, and the center where you take your exam.

Useful Links:
For further details regarding examination centers and dates, registration periods and other terms and conditions, you can visit:
Institute Cervantes
The DELE Website


The French DELF Examination

Today French is an official language in almost 50 countries, including Canada. It is spoken by more than 250 million people on five continents and the latest projection is that French will be spoken by 750 million people by 2050. . It is also an official language of the United Nations, the Red Cross and many other international organizations.

The DELF diploma examination

  • is an international recognition of French proficiency;
  • is a life-long certification, whether obtained in the student’s country or another country;
  • is based on the same international standard used in 164 countries (CEFR);
  • is an internationally recognized official document that enriches the student’s school or professional portfolio;
  • offers advantages for postsecondary education: it is recognized internationally by Francophone post-secondary institutions, including a growing number in Canada;
  • enhances a student’s resumé: it describes in meaningful terms what the student is capable of doing in French.

For more information, please contact us:
International School of Arizona
Tel. +1 480 874 2326