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Who Is Eligible:

The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) have approximately 3,000 member institutions in the United States and in more than 90 countries around the world. A directory of members is available here.

Membership in MSA-CESS is open to educational institutions that fall into one of the following categories:
  • public and non-public early childhood, elementary, middle, intermediate, and/or secondary schools
  • non-degree granting vocational technical and postsecondary institution
  • special purpose schools
  • supplementary education centers
  • distance education institutions
These institutions may be ungraded or have designated grade levels, including a post-graduate level. 
To be accredited by the MSA-CESS, an institution must meet all of the MSA Standards for Accreditation. Potential members should review the policy governing expectations of accredited institutions in the MSA-CESS policy manual. Another useful document to examine is the policy code of good practice.
How to Apply:

We encourage you to review the full process and benefits of membership on our website. Before entering the accreditation process, all institutions are vetted through a candidacy process that begins with a request for an Interest Packet from MSA-CESS.

You can request this information by contacting the Manager of Marketing and New Membership, Audra Chin, at or 267-284-5033.
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