All BASIS Independent schools are managed by BASIS Educational Group, dba BASIS.ed, and all BASIS.ed-managed schools are accredited by AdvancED, under the seal of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditations and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
AdvancED is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2011. The organization serves as a trusted partner to 34,000 schools and school systems—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations.
BASIS.ed received system accreditation from AdvancED (NCA CASI) in June 2012. System accreditation recognizes that increasing student achievement involves more than improving instruction. It is a result of how well all the parts of the education system—the community, school, and classroom—work together to meet the needs of students.
As a result of BASIS.ed's system accreditation, BASIS Independent McLean will be automatically recommended for accreditation by AdvancED upon submission of an initial application. The school's accreditation status will be formalized in January 2017 by vote of the AdvancED Accreditation Commission.
The Virginia Board of Education has authorized the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) to accredit private nursery, preschool, elementary, and secondary schools. State-recognized accreditation comes through accreditation from any of the VCPE-approved accrediting agencies. BASIS Independent McLean's pending accreditation by AdvancED meets this state standard.