About Accreditation

The Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools (CPEMS), through the work and consensus of its member schools, offers a set of Standards for Accreditation which include the essential aspects of schooling for elementary and middle schools in New England. The Standards provide guidance to assess the school's focus on teaching and learning, judge the quality of their programs and activities, and identify their strengths and needs.

The Standards act as the foundation for the cycle for accreditation: the school's self-reflection, the collaborative conference visit, the on-site decennial visit, and the school's planning and follow-up process. The Standards and the Accreditation cycle guide the school and its community toward a clear and comprehensive school improvement/growth model by which they can assess themselves; gain valuable, objective feedback from a peer review team; and implement a realistic and relevant planning process to improve education for their students.