The Office of Overseas Schools (OS) has long encouraged schools to seek accreditation because the accreditation process requires that schools conduct continuous self-study and evaluation of their organization, program, and facilities. Four of the six U.S. regional accrediting associations work with OS to facilitate such accreditation. These are the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. These associations have developed a special self-study method for use by all Department-assisted overseas schools and other international schools seeking accreditation.

As shown in the table below, as of September 15, 2010, there are 160 fully accredited Department-assisted overseas schools that offer kindergarten through grade 12. In addition, there are 24 schools accredited at the elementary level and one school that is accredited at the secondary level. Two schools are candidates for accreditation. Candidate schools undergo a period of self-study and, upon completing that program, are visited by an evaluation team, the final step in the accreditation process. Most of the schools in the "No Action" column of the table are small schools not yet ready to begin the accreditation process.

STATUS OF ACCREDITATION
SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

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Region

Total
Schools

Accredited
Full
K-12

Accredited
Elem.-
Grade 11

Accredited
H.S.
Only
Candidate
Status
Correspondence No
Action
American
Republics
41 39 2 0 0 0 0
East Asia 26 25 1 0 0 0 0
Europe 66 49 10 1 1 0 5
Near East
&
South Asia
22 21 1 0 0 0 0
North Africa 7 5 0 0 0 0 2
Sub-Sahara Africa 35 21 10 0 1 0 3
Total 197 160 24 1 2 0 10

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