Accreditations & Affiliations

McDowell School has since 1978, delivered a high quality private education mindful of the developmental needs of children.

Member School, Education Records Bureau (ERB)


Cadence Education School of Excellence

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.)