Early childhood education programs are registered with or licensed by the state within which they operate and, in addition, may be accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency.
Elementary and secondary schools are normally accredited by their regional or state independent school accrediting agency.
Episcopal schools need not be accredited to join NAES. However, the association strongly urges and recommends that all Episcopal schools pursue and maintain accreditation as integral to their mission as Episcopal schools and as a sign of their commitment to the students they serve.
As a voluntary membership services organization, NAES does not accredit Episcopal schools, nor does it establish or have statutory oversight of the academic and religious programs or governance of any Episcopal school.
For a list of and links to organizations that accredit Episcopal schools, go to Accreditation.