The CPEMS Standards for Accreditation

The Standards

The Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools provides Standards for Accreditation, which are used by the member schools to determine the quality of their programs and processes as they strive to provide and maintain educational excellence for their students. The 2014 Standards (see graph below) offer a structure which sets criteria for good schooling and positions a school to reflect on what it does well and what it needs to do to improve.  The Standards also assure the public that its schools are committed to a school environment that supports child and adolescent development as well as the quality and excellence of programs and practice.


The Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools is a democratically elected board that supports its member schools. The Committee’s expectations are found in the development of its policies which are designed to provide direction to the member schools and the Committee itself.