Schools and Systems of Distinction

Accreditation from Cognia is a valuable mark of distinction recognized around the world. Each year, Cognia identifies schools and systems that best exemplify excellence in education and stand out in their service to learners, based on the results of our rigorous accreditation process.

Recognizing excellence in education

In 2021, Cognia initiated its Schools of Distinction award program. Across the world, educators dedicate themselves to maximizing opportunities for learners. The Schools of Distinction award recognizes schools and systems that truly stand out in their service to learners.

Many members of the Cognia Global Network seek accreditation from Cognia, which is earned as the result of extensive internal preparation and a review by a team of outside educators. Cognia’s Performance Standards for accreditation are based on ever-expanding research and understanding of learning, and define high-quality education for today’s world. Once an institution is accredited, it engages in similar preparation and review every five years to maintain that designation.

Cognia congratulates the schools and systems listed below for demonstrating excellence in meeting the Cognia Performance Standards during their 2021–2022 accreditation reviews, thus earning the 2022 Schools/Systems of Distinction award. Each of these schools or systems effectively implements high-quality instruction, shows consistent organizational effectiveness, and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement. These institutions demonstrate energetic and sustained commitment to learners.

Cognia is a true partner in education! Working together for 25+ years with K-12 schools, we’ve always appreciated that Cognia helps our schools evolve and continuously improve.”
Christine McGuinn
Director Education Projects & Quality Assurance
Miami, FL

2022 Schools and Systems of Distinction

Al Afak Al-Gadeda International School


Al Madinah Elementary School

New York, USA

Al Madinah High School

New York, USA

Al Madinah Middle School

New York, USA

Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering

Alabama, USA

Alturas Preparatory Academy

Idaho, USA

Anchorage Sylvan Learning Center

Alaska, USA

AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School

District of Columbia, USA

Army Junior ROTC

Kentucky, USA

Bedayia International School-Cairo


Belen Jesuit Preparatory School

Florida, USA

Bridge Builder Academy

Texas, USA

Burns Science and Technology Charter School

Florida, USA

Butler County Board of Education

Alabama, USA

C. G. Bethel High School

Florida, USA

Cascia Hall Preparatory School

Oklahoma, USA

Catapult Learning

Pennsylvania, USA

Center for Academic Success #1

Arizona, USA

Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory

Florida, USA

Cherokee County School District

Georgia, USA

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