Accreditations & Affiliations

The International School of Qingdao is a part of the International Schools Consortium (iSC) — a nonprofit organization that, since 1986, has offered excellent academic programs to meet the intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of students. iSC has six schools in China — in Chengdu, Qingdao, Wuhan, Wuxi, Tianjin, and Yantai — one school in the UAE, and helps to support various other educational initiatives globally. iSC is a multi-school program, enabling students and teachers to participate in system-wide programs where they can interact with others outside of their immediate school. Students compete in basketball, volleyball and soccer tournaments, as well as music and choral festivals, and Model United Nations (MUN) conventions. In addition to student involvement, all teachers attend iSC’s annual professional development conference to share best practices. The opportunity to be a part of this larger, interconnected community is just one of the many ways in which the experience is unique. iSC is a division of the LDi - Leadership Development International family of companies, an organization committed to leadership development, training, and transformation around the world.

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As a school, we strive to be appreciated as an active contributor to our local and global community in order to deliver the best possible teaching and learning opportunities for our students. To assist with these goals, we work with a range of partner organizations who provide a variety of services that support our position as an independent school, enhance our offerings, or complement our community engagement.

ISQ is accredited by Cognia, a consortium three of the six U.S. Department of Education regionally recognized K-12 accrediting bodies and together have been accrediting institutions for 125 years. ISQ is also a member of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS), Qingdao International Schools Network (QISN), and the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).

Cognia accreditation represents three of the six U.S. Department of Education regionally recognized K-12 accrediting bodies and together have been accrediting institutions for 125 years:

  • North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI),
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

Like WASC, CIS, and other internationally recognized accreditated agencies, Cognia accredits primary and secondary schools, focusing on improving educational opportunities for all learners.

Cognia accreditation assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations and agencies that a Cognia accredited institution has clearly defined objectives appropriate to education; has established conditions under which their achievement can reasonably be expected; appears in fact to be accomplishing them substantially; is so organized, staffed, and supported that it can be expected to continue to do so; and demonstrates that it meets Cognia's criteria and accreditation standards.

For more information about Cognia, take a look at their website:

Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. ISQ is a College Board Testing Center for SAT, SAT Subject, PSAT, and AP tests.

We take extraordinary measures with International SOS to keep our students and staff safe. We're proud to be recognized as one of the best in education.

The East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) is an organization founded in 1968 that consists of 165 member schools in 19 countries around East Asia. These schools have more than 138,000 pre-K to 12th grade students.

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