Cognia (Formerly AdvancED)

The Connection School is internationally accredited by Cognia/AdvancED and is involved in an ongoing program of continuous improvement of higher educational quality through its accreditation resources, standards, and measures.

Cognia/AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, our 36,000 institutions serve and support nearly 25 million students and 5 million educatorsevery day.

AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2011.

Cognia was created through a 2018 merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress. The result of the merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress, Cognia was formed to bridge the gap between school evaluation and student assessment.


Association of Christian Schools International

The Connection School is an ACSI member school and as such benefits from opportunities to compete in regional academic and fine arts competitions, resources for curriculum and professional development, and standardized testing.

ACSI_Logo_2CThe Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is the largest Protestant educational organization in the world. Since 1978, ACSI has advanced excellence in Christian schools by enhancing the professional and personal development of Christian educators and providing support functions for Christian schools. Those functions include a host of services, including teacher and administrator certification, school accreditation, legal/legislative help, and textbook publishing. ACSI member schools serve more than 5.5 million students worldwide. Along with a headquarters facility, ACSI has 25 offices in North America and around the globe. Nearly 24,000 schools from over 100 countries are members.


The CiRCE Institute

The Connection School continually draws on the insight and resources made available through the CiRCE Institute benefiting our educational philosophy, curriculum, and teacher development programs.

logo-site-300x64The CiRCE Institute is a leading provider of inspiration, information, and insight to classical educators throughout the U.S. and Canada via an annual conference, an online classical academy, in-house teacher training,Lost Tools of Writing™ Workshops and materials, consulting on board development, school leadership, and school start-up, as well as a content-laden website and blog. The CiRCE Institute is called to promote, model, and support classical education in the school, within itself, and in the home.


The Connection School of Houston is autonomous from its affiliate organizations.