Accreditation and memberships add value to a school. Accreditation through a well-recognized organization holds a school accountable for its program quality and ensures other schools and universities will readily accept its reports, credits and grades. Memberships add value through the specific services they provide.

CDIS was the first international school in Western China to receive accreditation for its education program by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the U.S. (2007), and the National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT) in China (2010). CDIS was also the first to be certified in 2009 by the Ministry of Education of China to teach foreign students. Each of these accrediting bodies reviews CDIS every few years so that our accreditation is always up to date and so that we receive useful feedback from experts so in order to continually improve.


CDIS has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 2007. WASC is one of six recognized accrediting associations in the United States. WASC provides assistance and accountability to schools in the western states of the US, the Pacific islands, and East Asia. WASC’s ‘Focus on Learning’ represents high quality expectations for school improvement focusing on student achievement. For parents, WASC certification is an assurance that the school is a trustworthy learning institution since it validates the integrity of a school’s program and student transcripts. Colleges and universities examine transcripts to determine whether students have attended accredited institutions.

CDIS has also been accredited in China through the National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT) since 2010. The NCCT assures that CDIS is a licensed school, operating with the approval of Chinese authorities. Furthermore, NCCT provides accountability for the quality of the Chinese Language and Culture Program and how the school relates to and supports its local community.


CDIS is member of the International Schools Consortium (ISC) with sister schools in Tianjin, Qingdao, Wuhan, Wuxi, and Yantai, and a support office in Atlanta, USA. ISC provides support to its member schools in many ways.

ISC guarantees continuous improvement of staff and programs through yearly education conferences that all teaching staff attend and a collaborative platform through which all member schools develop curricula together.

Additionally, all foreign staff are recruited through our ISC recruiting office in Atlanta, where professional HR staff and psychologists coordinate a thorough program of screening and selection.

We are also members of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and Chengdu International Schools Association (CISA). These memberships provide us with opportunities to collaborate with and learn from other educators in the region as well as hold inter-school competition in sports, music, art, and science in Chengdu and across China.

Our membership with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) supports our school counselors in serving students as they make choices about pursuing post-secondary education.

CDIS is also member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), which provides resources, conferences, and Pre-Field Orientation for staff.