The Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) was founded in 1954 by a group of independent private school leaders to establish high standards for non-public schools. FCIS is a professional educational association that evaluates and accredits independent schools throughout Florida.
Presently 70,000 students are enrolled in 157 member schools. The Council assures that each member school maintains high standards and independence of character.
FCIS accredits coed, day, boarding and single sex schools in grades prekindergarten through twelve. Schools range in size from fewer than 50 to over 2,000 students. All member schools meet carefully established standards and are subject to periodic review by professional educators.
The Council is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and its accreditation process is recognized by NAIS. FCIS is an affiliate of the Council of American Private Education (CAPE). It is a founding member of the Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools (FAANS).