CISNA is the largest member organization of accredited Islamic schools in the world.
CISNA Accreditation provides a means to review and evaluate all aspects of a school’s program with an Islamic lens. The accreditation process is based on rigorous standards and measures a school’s progress towards continuous improvement. CISNA began providing accreditation services in 2012.
CISNA has accreditation partnerships with Cognia (formerly AdvancEd) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is recognized by the New York State Department of Education (the largest in the US) as an accrediting agency.
Accreditation is a must for any private institution that wishes to remain competitive and maintain a legitimate reputation. Today’s parents are asking more questions about accreditation than ever before. School accreditation provides a national protocol for schools committed to systemic, systematic, and sustainable continuous improvement. The process supports, enhances, and stimulates growth and improvement throughout the school. It requires that a school focus on continual improvement of programs, services, and teacher quality through regular evaluation, data analysis, professional development, and long-range strategic planning. The accreditation process examines the whole institution—the program, the cultural context, and the community of stakeholders—to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of learners. While the accreditation standards of a state or regional agency address general areas of institutional quality, the CISNA standards address all areas through an Islamic lens and the process focuses on the spiritual life of the school.
The CISNA standards were revised in 2020 after consulting with experts in the field of education. These standards are categorized under four domains: Governance, School Leadership, Teaching & Learning, and School Culture & Environment. These domains provide a systematic framework for self-evaluation and the improvement of programming and services. The first part of the CISNA accreditation process includes a thorough self-study based on the CISNA Standards and an Islamic Identity Survey administered by the school. The second part of the accreditation process consists of a review visit by the CISNA executive director, an Islamic school educator, and/or a CISNA board member. The visit serves to ascertain how the components of the school’s mission statement are integrated into the entire academic program and the culture of the school.
To successfully complete the CISNA school accreditation requirements all schools must do the following:
Step 1: Become a CISNA Member
$200.00 CISNA general membership fee.
Please contact Ms. Sufia Azmat, CISNA Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Fill out the Accreditation Application below and submit the fee online. The one-time, nonrefundable Accreditation application fee is $250.
NOTE: To apply for accreditation, a school must first become a member and then submit the accreditation application