All Schools are a part of the BASIS Curriculum Schools network and accredited by Cognia (formerly known as 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).
Cognia is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK–12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. The organization serves as a trusted partner to 36,000 educational institutions—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations. Cognia was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK–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 2012.
All schools are accredited under a system accreditation from Cognia. 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.
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 accreditation by Cognia meets this state standard.