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Accreditation and Membership

CIS.pngThe Council of International Schools (CIS) is a global non-profit membership organisation that provides services to schools, higher education institutions and individuals focused on international education. Its core services are International School Accreditation, Educational Recruitment and Leadership Search for schools, and Higher Education Services that facilitate linkages between schools and colleges and universities.

What it means to be a CIS Accredited School

Within CIS membership are schools that have achieved a mark of high quality and rigour – CIS International Accreditation. This recognition signifies that the school has completed a comprehensive self-study and international peer review as part of a continuous improvement process focusing on standards and indicators that promote the development of student knowledge, skills, attributes and actions aligned with the CIS Definition of Global Citizenship. Colleges and universities worldwide acknowledge that a CIS Accredited School meets internationally-agreed and recognised standards and develops global citizens with the qualities and skills that they are seeking in students.

CIS International Accreditation is recognised by the National Association of Independent Schools (USA), and by many government and non-government agencies around the world.

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 neasc.png New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)

The NEASC Commission on International Education (CIE) evaluates, accredits, and supports international PreSchool-12 educational institutions and programs in accordance with standards of best educational practice. CIE leads educational discourse and action, is a catalyst for innovation, and advocates for ethical conduct in education.

NEASC accreditation is a system of accountability that is ongoing, voluntary, and comprehensive in scope. It respects differences in institutional populations, missions, and cultures, and fosters institutional change grounded in the judgment of practicing educators. It is based on standards which are developed and regularly reviewed by the members and which define the characteristics of good schools and colleges.

Commission Standards are high and focus on virtually every aspect of a school or higher education institution's operation. These standards often are accepted in substitution for standards set by state departments of education. Standards are reviewed periodically by the commissions and the membership, reflecting the voluntary, independent nature of accreditation combined with recognition of pertinent state and federal regulations.

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​The International School of Toulouse was awarded full accredited status by CIS and NEASC

in June 2011.



The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.

IST has been an IB World School since January 2000 when it was authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

IB Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma programme develops the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The IB Diploma programme has proven to successfully prepare the international student body of The International School of Toulouse for their future studies.

IB Primary Years Programme

The International School of Toulouse is an IB candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme.

"This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that the International School of Toulouse believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organisation can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http:/"

(IB website: )                                                             IB Letter confirming candidacy status May 2015


ECIS.pngFounded in 1965, the European Council International Schools is a global membership organisation that provides professional development opportunities to its members who are comprised of international schools, individuals and educational organisations. As a member of ECIS, the International School of Toulouse closely follows current educational pedagogy and thinking, attending annual meetings and conferences.

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ELSA.pngThe English Language Schools Association (ELSA-France) is a non-profit making association composed of schools in France which offer advanced programs of study in English. Its mission is to provide up-to-date information on those seeking schools in English, and to facilitate communication, cooperation, and professional growth among member schools. ELSA also serves as a link between its members, associate members, and other local, regional and professional groups.

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Cambridge.pngCambridge International Examinations is the world's largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5–19 year olds. CIE is part of the Cambridge Assessment Group, a not-for-profit organisation and a department of the University of Cambridge. It shares their mission of providing excellence in education. The International School of Toulouse is an official centre for the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education. This is a very well-known and recognised international curriculum from Cambridge International Examinations Board for students aged 14-16 The IGCSE provides an excellent preparation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

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ISTA.png The International School of Toulouse is proud to be a member of the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA). This is an international arts organisation committed to providing high quality experiences that develop creative learning and internationalism through theatre, valuing diversity and collaboration, celebration and play, friendship and collegiality.

ISTA runs numerous international theatre festivals and arts events for students of all ages each year and they are also responsible for the IB Diploma Theatre programme.