Our Accreditations

Stamford American School Hong Kong has obtained a number of educational accreditations which are recognised worldwide and assure that our education meets the most stringent quality standards.

Stamford American School HK CIS accreditation

Council Of International Schools (CIS)

The CIS is a non-profit membership community committed to quality international education. CIS schools have the following in common:

  • a desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens; and
  • a commitment to high-quality education

In 2021, Stamford achieved another significant milestone in our growth, earning our full Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation in only 3.5 years. Our full accreditation recognizes our high professional performance standards in international education and our commitment to continuous improvement. We are proud to display our CIS accreditation globally recognized by top universities and colleges, ensuring a smooth path for our students no matter their destination.

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

Stamford American School Hong Kong is authorized as an IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to improving the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Stamford achieved a full Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation. The accreditation offered by WASC is globally renowned and recognized by top universities. More importantly, the independent audit process evaluates a school’s ability to deliver high-quality student learning while seeking ongoing school improvement.


Stamford is an SAT test center, our students benefit from familiar surroundings and easy access. Providing a more convenient testing site fosters a college-going culture. PSAT and SAT tests are designed for Grade 10 – 12; when students take the test, high school educators and counselors receive valuable information for guidance and curriculum development, such as:

  • Guide students toward college and career readiness
  • Assist students with college and career planning
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of instruction
  • Plan changes and improvements in curriculum

Cognita is a global system of schools. Each Cognita school offers a distinctive curriculum and approach, tailored to the individual context.

Group-wide policies and expectations are set by the parent company (Cognita Holdings Ltd.). These policies and expectations relate to standards for Student Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Financial Management, Data Protection as well as governance and responsibility for operational oversight of the regions (which is devolved to the Regional Chief Executive Officer).

Governance oversight of Student Safeguarding and Health & Safety is executed through the deployment of Independent Reviewers. The Group expects each school to ensure clear systems for listening to and responding to members of the school community, this includes use of annual Voice of the Student, Parent and Employee surveys.

Cognita has four Group senior executives:

  • Group Chief Executive Officer
  • Group Chief Finance Officer
  • Group Chief Education Officer
  • Group General Counsel

Cognita is headquartered in London.

Cognita governs and manages each school via one of four regions. Each region has its own Chief Executive Officer and regional team. Responsibility for operational oversight and governance of schools is devolved from the parent company to the Regional Chief Executive Officer. Each region has published documents that provide clarity for the delegated governance relationship between their regional team and their schools. The Regional Chief Executive Officer is accountable to the Group Chief Executive.

Each Head of School is accountable to the Regional Chief Executive Officer.

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