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Elementary, middle, and high schools

Please note that going forward, public elementary and middle schools will use the same accreditation processStandards, and application for evaluation as high schools. This vertical alignment can help schools and districts create a stronger Vision for Learning for a student's journey from kindergarten through graduation.

Schools hosting Accreditation Teams through the end of 2019 will continue to use the 2011 CPSS Standards and the 2014 CPEMS Standards and associated processes as appropriate.

The accreditation process is a supportive partnership between member institutions and the CPS Commission as they work together throughout an ongoing 10-year cycle. The process engages schools in comprehensive analysis, self-reflection, and planning in response to the Standards of Accreditation. 

The process of CPS Accreditation is multi-dimensional and continuous. The main phases of the cycle are:

  • Self-Reflection
  • Collaborative Conference
  • School Growth Plan Development and Implementation
  • Decennial Accreditation Visit
  • Growth Plan revisions and progress reports

The reflection, planning, and implementation phases of Accreditation are cyclical and do not end with the Decennial Accreditation Visit. Schools should be actively monitoring evidence, assessing progress, identifying changing priorities or school needs, and adjusting their school plans as necessary for continuous growth and improvement.