Dhahran, Saudi Arabia — The International Schools Group announced today that it has earned re-accreditation by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, a worldwide leader in accreditation and continuous school improvement.
ISG Superintendent Eddie Liptrot states: “The value of the MSA re-accreditation lies in the process. For two years running up to the team visit, there was intense engagement across the stakeholdership of ISG over a sustained period of time. The skilled facilitation of the discussions by our students, teachers and administrators led us into high quality learning experiences - the process was a true reflection of our commitment to learning. The plan, which has arisen from the post-visit recommendations, is already being implemented and points to a great future for our schools.
As superintendent of ISG, I would like to pay tribute to the excellent work of our teachers, the commitment of our students and the outstanding support from our parents throughout the re-accreditation period. We remain proudly accredited by the MSA.”
Accreditation is a self-evaluation process that schools voluntarily undergo to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of performance standards. The accreditation process helps schools – and ultimately students – to continuously grow and improve.
The process begins with a self-study that is conducted by the school and requires input from school leaders, teachers, parents and students. Following the self-study, a team of volunteer educators from Association member schools conducts an on-site peer review visit to observe school operations and interview various stakeholders.
The visiting team makes its recommendation to the Middle States Association Commissions, which votes on the accreditation.
“The accreditation process examines schools in a holistic way, supplementing student testing data and providing a more complete measure of a school’s performance,” said Henry G. Cram, Ed.D., president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. “School leaders, teachers and parents are to be commended for working together to create a concrete plan focused on providing high quality education for all students.”
The International Schools Group (ISG) was founded in 1962 to serve the needs of expatriate families living and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ISG is a not-for-profit, forward-looking school district comprised of seven schools in five locations. Each school offers either a British, American, or International curriculum, and encompasses the following higher level programs: AP and IB (selected American schools), and GCSE and A-Levels within Dhahran British Grammar School. ISG currently serves the needs of over 4,000 students.
The District is governed by a Board of Trustees, supported by school councils, and is licensed by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education. ISG is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
About Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA)
The Middle States Association is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, MSA has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. With more than 2,700 MSA-accredited schools across the United States and in nearly 100 countries, MSA is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of the 21s t century and improve educational opportunities for all children.