AdvancED Accreditation :-)

Dear Respected Parents,

It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce Al Madinah School Elementary, Middle School, and High School have all been awarded accreditation by the prestigious organization of AdvancED.  What does this mean for you? Well, first it is important to understand exactly what accreditation means.

Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance developed more than 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, and designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational Standards. Today the accreditation process is used at all levels of education, and is recognized for its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement in education. 

            Institutions seeking to gain or retain accreditation by AdvancED must meet AdvancED Standards. These Standards focus on systems within a school and systematic methods of attaining high studentperformance and organizational effectiveness. TheStandards address preparing students with skills theywill need for the future and include high expectations for professional practice.The Standards require demonstrated growth in student learning and achievement; a commitment to developing learning, thinking and life skills for all students; and formal structures whereby each student is well known. The power of the Standards lies in the connections and linkages between and among the Standards.   Institutions also must participate in an External  Review, completed by a team of highly qualified evaluators who examine the institution’s adherence and commitment to AdvancED  Standards. This review is the hallmark of the accreditation process and energizes and equips the leadership and stakeholders of an institution or school system to maintain areas of high performance.  The External Review is a rigorous process that includes review of artifacts, interviews with stakeholders and observations of instruction, learning and operations.

            Al Madinah School will become more sophisticated as a system, as its understanding of systems improvement increases. The entire school community and, most importantly, students benefit, as the school works to improve its systems and processes to increase school-wide effectiveness and enhance student learning.