The Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS) was founded in 2000 for the following purposes:
- To provide voluntary accreditation services for community and pre-collegiate schools emphasizing arts study;
- To support those institutions and their programs in the arts disciplines in their quests for educational excellence; and
- When appropriate, to connect the development of artistry and intellect from the early years through higher education.
The work of ACCPAS is intended to support artistic and academic excellence with:
- Threshold standards that define the fundamentals of quality and thus Threshold standards that define the fundamentals of quality and thus provide a framework supporting specific institutional and programmatic purposes.
- Review procedures that evaluate relationships among purposes, curricula and programs in the arts disciplines, capabilities, aspirations, and resources, all in the context of each school’s mission and achievements.
- A philosophy that promotes creativity in the definition, pursuit, and evaluation of artistic and academic quality.
- Services that enhance the ability of schools to analyze themselves for purposes of improvement.