McDowell School is accredited by the National Independent Private School Association.

National Independent Private Schools Association is an advocate for the interests of proprietary academic schools, and the students and communities they serve.

NIPSA accreditation recognizes the McDowell School demonstrates the following:

  • Philosophy and Goals
  • Organization
  • Curriculum
  • Instruction and Learning
  • Pupil Services
  • Pupil Activities
  • School Staff/Parent Community
  • School Plant
  • Finance
  • School Improvement Plan
  • Early Childhood Education: In addition to the criteria described in Sections 1-12 above, the following criteria, particular to early childhood programs, will be observed. Schools should keep in mind that in many communities law often dictates the requirements for early childhood education. In addition to the requirements below, schools must meet all local, state and national requirements that may apply to their individual circumstances. Schools must also meet any state requirements for early childhood programs if the school is participating in a state-supported program. (See the appendix for Standards of the National Council for Private School Accreditation for Early Childhood that must be adhered to in Florida and many others states.)
  • Special Needs Schools


McDowell School is accredited by the NAEYC, National Association for the Education of Young Children.

NAEYC administers the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system for all types of early childhood programs and child care centers. NAEYC is the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators.

NAEYC accreditation recognizes that McDowell School demonstrates the following:

  • Positive relationships
  • Curriculum
  • Effective teaching approaches
  • Ongoing assessments
  • Nutrition and health
  • Qualified teaching staff
  • Collaborative relationships with families
  • Maintain relationships with and use community resources
  • Physical environment
  • Program management



McDowell School is accredited by the SEVP, Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is a part of the National Security Investigations Division and acts as a bridge for government organizations that have an interest in information on non-immigrants whose primary reason for coming to the United States is to be students.

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