AdvancED Re-Accredited for another 5 years
“This is the happiest day for me this year and from the past 5 years and maybe for the next 5 years to come,” said Sh. Abdulghani Elkheraiji, Founder of Al Andalus Private Schools. “Continuous school improvement is a vital aspect of our school and takes place every year, but this year is special because our work was affirmed by outside experts. Thank you to all of the school community and AdvancED for your good efforts and support, we can be proud of this great achievement,” said Chris Schumacher, Head of Strategy and Accreditation Management (SAM). Al Andalus Private Schools – American Diploma school hosted AdvancED Team Members, led by Mr. Phil Metcalf, Feb. 8-12, 2015 during a weeklong Re-Accreditation Visit. The visit included a city tour, Focus Group presentations, classroom visits, and student-parent-teacher interviews.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools. Today, to demonstrate educational quality, accreditation is used by education providers of all types from traditional schools to distance learning providers to tutoring centers serving all ages of students from toddlers to adults. Accreditation engages the school community in meeting high quality standards, implementing a continuous improvement, and engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review.
Who is AdvancED?
AdvancED is the parent organization for 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), and the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE). NCA CASI and SACS CASI serve as accreditation divisions of AdvancED and operate through state offices. Dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide, AdvancED provides accreditation, research, and professional services to 23,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide and serves nearly 15 million students. AdvancED engages 18,000 volunteers and touches the lives of nearly 15 million students each year.
Benefits of Accreditation
A distinctive mark of quality recognized internationally, that affords external recognition of the school’s commitment to quality Standards based on educational research and best practice Clear and intuitive processes for school improvement that are grounded in best practices from the education and business fields A framework and support system to help meet and exceed local, state, national, and appropriate international requirements Professional development opportunities such as service on review teams, annual conferences, and state workshops on all aspects of school improvement An opportunity to gain valuable input, validation, and support from peers A connection to the best practices of over 23,000 public and private schools Customized and technical assistance to maximize improvement efforts Access to a rich and wide array of resources and tools aimed at enhancing improvement efforts
What does accreditation mean to me as a parent?
A school's commitment to accreditation assures parents and the community that the school is focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation. An accredited school adheres to high quality standards based on the latest research and successful professional practices. NCA CASI/SACS CASI accreditation means that your school has opened its doors to review and support from an organization bringing 100 years of experience in improving educational quality.
Do I have a role in accreditation as a parent?
Yes. You can assist with accreditation efforts by:
■ Staying informed about your school’s accreditation.
■ Educating other parents about your school’s accreditation.
■ Reinforcing the skills your school is teaching your children.
■ Becoming an active member of your school’s continuous improvement team and/or internal and external review process.
■ Requesting and participating in opportunities to provide feedback to your school, i.e., parent surveys, focus groups, and parent meetings.
What are the benefits to my children attending an accredited school?
Students who attend a school accredited by NCA CASI or SACS CASI can rest assured that the school is committed to raising student performance and held accountable for improving student learning on a continual basis. Accreditation means that students have: Qualified teachers who are continually working to improve their practices and teaching methods in order to increase student performance Access to a rich, diverse, and sound curriculum Access to a range of student activities and support services Transferability of credits from school to school Greater access to federal loans, scholarships, post secondary education, and military programs that require accreditation The school credits that students earn at an NCA CASI/ SACS CASI accredited school are recognized by schools, colleges, and universities globally. Through AdvancED’s reciprocal agreements with sister accrediting organizations, students can continue their educational goals in the United States or around the world.