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 of Zhengdong New District, Zhengzhou (Sias IS) 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). Sias IS has applied for full WASC accreditation.
Sias International School is a Candidate School* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
Additionally, Sias IS 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 organizations requires that Sias IS meet rigorous standards regarding educational programme, child protection, and learning facilities.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
**Mission Statement from the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.