March 12, 2018
We are pleased to inform the entire UAS community that the Council of International Schools (CIS) has awarded re-accreditation to Universal American School with immediate effect.
Director Andrew Torris received confirmation of this decision yesterday afternoon in a letter from Mr. Ray Davis, Director of School Support and Evaluation, Council of International Schools.
As you are probably aware, the CIS team along with representatives of the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) visited our campus the second week of January. Thus, UAS will also receive a similar communication from MSA after the commission meeting later in the spring.
In the letter (attached here) CIS noted...
“In granting the award of accreditation, CIS felt that the commendations – or strengths of the school far outweighed any areas in which the school was deficient.
- the commitment to the school’s guiding statements and the importance placed upon community
- the clarity that exists between the functions of leadership and governance
- the significance paid to the development of digital citizenship throughout the school
- the analysis and use of student assessment information to inform curriculum content and delivery to support student learning.
- the recognition of and support for individual students in a move towards more personalized learning
- the school leadership’s recognition of student well-being as a foundation for learning and
- the leadership’s support for continuing professional development for all staff. (Domain F).”
CIS noted that “These strengths should be celebrated by the school community.”
Not surprisingly, the CIS/MSA visiting team did leave some recommendations for the school to follow up on in the coming few years.
- conduct a review of the relevance of the current guiding statements (Domain A);
- develop a contextual definition of high quality learning which underpins all learning activities throughout the school (Domain A);
- the new owners confirm the respective roles, authority and functions of leadership and governance and develop a framework for financial management (Domain B);
- the continued development of teachers’ abilities to differentiate and effectively provide challenge for all students (Domain D);
- review the implementation of procedures for emergency evacuations (Domain E) and
- continue to develop appraisal processes linked to the provision of targeted professional development for faculty, support staff and teacher assistants (Domain F).
This accreditation term will last till January 30, 2024.