The California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) provides accreditation for independent elementary and secondary schools in the state of California. CAIS collaborates with the Accrediting Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), in accrediting secondary and K-12 schools. Elementary schools are accredited either by CAIS, or by CAIS and WASC.

The Accreditation Process is Designed to:

  • Ensure the involvement and collaboration of the entire school community in the self-study
  • Clarify the school's purpose and its goals for students
  • Assess all aspects of the school's operations and student programs and their impact on students' personal and academic growth
  • Develop an action plan to address identified growth needs of the school
  • Develop and implement an accountability system to monitor the accomplishment of the action plan
Curtis School actively participates in the accreditation process by developing a self-study that is distributed to the accreditation team prior to its visit. This comprehensive document assesses the school's compliance with criteria developed by CAIS and WASC to facilitate student learning, school improvement, and accountability. The accreditation team reviews this self-study prior to its site visit. Following the site visit, the accreditation team recommends to the accreditation boards a term of accreditation, as well as commendations and recommendations for the school.

During the 2013-2014 school year, Curtis undertook the process of renewing its accreditation from both CAIS and WASC. Following a comprehensive self-evaluation and a 4-day visit by an independent accreditation team, Curtis School was granted a new 7-year term of accreditation.