Accreditation is a continuous school improvement process that does not end with a successful team visit. Over the term of accreditation, schools periodically review their Plan for Growth and Improvement and make necessary adjustments and updates. Schools should conduct their periodic reviews at least annually, but we highly recommend more frequent monitoring. These reviews are purely internal and they do not need to be submitted to MSA.
In the third year of the accreditation term, the school will complete a Mid-Term report. The information gathered from the periodic reviews will inform the majority of the report. MSA will also ask a self-assessment of the school’s continued adherence to the MSA Standards for Accreditation, and to share any Substantive Changes that have occurred in the last 3 years that may require additional follow up. The Mid-Term report is submitted to MSA and the school’s Accreditation Officer will provide feedback.
The American International School of Monrovia became accredited, for the first time since 1989, on December 1, 2016. As such, our three-year mid-term report is due on December 1, 2019!
Surveys for MSA Accreditation Standards
During the completion of the Mid-Term report, schools should use the same valid, mathematically based surveys used during the initial accreditation. These surveys are provided to students, staff and community members to self-assess our continued adherence to the MSA Standards for Accreditation and continual school improvement.
This week, our Upper School students completed the baseline survey, and this weekend, we are asking our parent community to do the same. Our hope is that this three-day break will provide our parent community with additional time and focus for more valid results.
Our teachers will complete the survey once they settle into the third Trimester, in early April.
Thank you for your unwavering support, as we help our school grow from “Good to Great!”
AISM’s accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) is the confirmation that the school is providing quality educational services and resources to its community. AISM showed in 2016 that it met and – in six cases -… exceeded all MSA’s 12 Standards:
- Philosophy and Mission
- Governance and Leadership
- School Climate and Organization
- Educational Program
- Information Resources and Technology
- Student Services
- Student Life and Activities
- Health and Safety
- School Improvement Planning
- Plan for Growth and Improvement
To self-assess AISM’s continued adherence to the MSA Standards for Accreditation, we are asking for your input. If you are an active parent, please take the time to complete and submit the parent survey (provided by MSA) that was sent last week.
Two final notes:
Please skip the questions on:
A. “Faith-Based Learning”
B. “Distance Learning”
C. “Boarding Schools”
AISM is a coeducational day school that is not faith based, and delivers its accredited program “on site.”
Thanks for your participation!
Ms. Viola Johnson, Ms. Cheryl Flah-Kiahon, and Ms. Elisha James
MSA Internal Coordinators