Why are accreditations, authorizations and professional memberships important?
When a school has been authorized to offer a particular curriculum program, when it has met the membership requirements for international school organizations, and when it has been formally accredited for having met the international standards set by one of the global school standards agencies, then parents can be assured that the learning environment and the assessment reports for their children meet stringent international standards and will be recognized by other schools as such. Graduates can have confidence that their Sias International School diploma will be recognized by universities around the world.
What accreditations, authorizations and professional memberships will Sias International School acquire?
One of the leading school accrediting associations is the Western Academy of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our school will apply for full WASC accreditation as soon as it is permitted to do so after opening in August 2020. Sias is also being authorized by the Franklin-Covey Foundation as a Leader in Me school, joining a community of 3,500 schools in more than 50 countries worldwide. Schools using this program create well-rounded learners by developing the whole-person and preparing students to become life-ready leaders.
After the school has opened in August 2020, Sias will apply for membership in three of the most prestigious international school organizations in Asia: EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of School); ACAMIS (Association of Chinese and Mongolian International Schools) and AAIE (Association for Advancement of International Education). To belong to each of these organisations requires that Sias International School meet rigorous standards regarding educational programme, child protection, and learning facilities.
Sias International School will also be offering Advanced Placement courses to its high school students and therefore will seek membership in the College Board association of over 6,000 schools, colleges and universities.
What is the timeline for obtaining these accreditations, authorizations and memberships?
The school must be fully functioning and able to demonstrate thoroughly that it is meeting all standards for each of the agencies. Many of these standards are similar for each of the agencies involved and indeed some of them can be met prior to opening day. However, most will require that the school has been operating for at least one full year.