What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools. The goal of accreditation is to evaluate, verify, and improve an institution’s quality. Accredited status indicates that a school has clearly defined appropriate objectives, has established conditions under which they can be achieved, is working toward achieving the objectives now, and should be able to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
The first meaning of the root of the word accreditation means “trustworthiness.” Accreditation responds to the public’s demands for improved quality and greater accountability for institutions serving society’s needs. Accredited institutions can be trusted by the public to be what they claim they are and to do what they claim to do.
To be accredited by AdvancED, schools must:
- Meet the AdvancED standards for quality schools: The standards require that the school has a clear vision and purpose; has effective and responsive leadership; has a rigorous curriculum taught through sound research-based methods, collects, reports, and uses performance results, provides adequate resources and support for its educational programs, and values and communicates with its stakeholders.
- Engage in continuous improvement: To demonstrate continuous improvement, the school must identify a shared vision, maintain a school-wide profile of the current reality, establish plans, assess the implementation of interventions, and document the results of its efforts to improve student learning and school effectiveness.
- Demonstrate quality assurance through internal and external review: Schools must engage in a continuous process of self-assessment and review. In addition, once every five years, accredited schools must host a Quality Assurance Review Team comprised of professionals from outside the school. The team evaluates the school’s adherence to the AdvancED standards, examines the efficacy of the school’s improvement efforts, and reviews the effectiveness of the school’s methods for quality assurance. The team identifies commendations and recommendations to help the school improve student learning and school effectiveness.
Global Paradigm International School has been awarded full accreditation by AdvancED Organization in June 2012
In April 2006, the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) set more rigorous standards for all candidate schools to follow. These standards ensure the quality of education and services provided for students; they foster a more effective learning community.
The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) became a part of AdvancED in July 2008. AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).
AdvancEd creates the world’s largest education community, serving 27,000 schools and districts across the USA and around the world. It is known for its rigorous standards that a school has to adopt in order to become accredited. There are three phases for the accreditation process: Application – Candidacy – Accreditation. The timeline for each of these phases ranges from 1 to 3 years; however, Global Paradigm International School is proud to announce that it has been awarded full accreditation in June 2012 by North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). There are three essential reasons behind the fact that the school was able to procure the accreditation status in such a short time:
The owners’ understanding of the importance of providing quality education for our students is evident. Provisions are made to accommodate all elements and factors that would secure a safe, healthy, caring environment that is conducive to learning i.e. providing adequate resources and support for the school’s educational programs.
- The collaboration among stakeholder groups creates a flourishing learning climate that supports, strengthens, enhances and maximizes teaching and learning.
- Multiple communication channels are used to report performance, assignments and progress with students and parents.
- Data based decision making processes are prevalent in instruction operation and improvement efforts.
GP International School IB Diploma Programme
GPIS became an IB World School in March 2015. We offer the IB Diploma Program for Grades 11 and 12. We strive to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who will build a better world through open mindedness, intercultural understanding and respect.
For more information you can visit our page on the IB Website.