The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) is the primary accreditation agency for charter schools in Florida. Charter schools are accredited as public schools.
FCPCS strongly encourages
all charter schools to seek
accreditation from SACS CASI.
SACS CASI accredits more than 13,000 schools and school systems in the United States and overseas. It recently joined the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) as AdvancED, a single, unified organization that will serve as a national leader for quality education.
Today, AdvancED, including SACS CASI and NCA CASI, is the largest accrediting agency in the world. SACS CASI is one of only six agencies recognized by the federal government. SACS CASI accredits both public and nonpublic educational institutions,
preK-12 through grade 12 and adult education (non-collegiate).
FCPCS strongly encourages all charter schools to seek accreditation from SACS CASI. Accreditation is a sure way for charter schools to improve their standards of operation and their public image. Accreditation is extremely valuable to charter schools for the following reasons:
Charter schools accredited by SACS CASI also enjoy the benefits of belonging to an extensive network of accredited institutions, including access to numerous resources designed to support and facilitate school improvement.
The process of accreditation begins with an external and internal review, and culminates in a five-year comprehensive school improvement plan that is approved by SACS CASI. The process is very similar to the Continuous Improvement Model used in Florida, in which the continuous use of data analysis determines classroom instruction.
After application for accreditation:
Please contact the SACS CASI Florida Council state office directly to learn how your charter school can begin the accreditation process at 1-800-865-9068.