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Accreditation Process

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Accreditation is not a single event, but rather an ongoing, voluntary cycle of comprehensive internal and external assessments, short- and long-term strategic planning, and periodic reporting sustained by professional partnership and support. Member schools must, according to the appropriate Commission protocol, periodically demonstrate continued alignment with NEASC Standards and Principles in order to maintain their NEASC Accreditation/Membership.

A school interested in accreditation begins by applying for candidacy and must demonstrate that it has the basic structures, policies, and systems in place to support a quality learning environment. Once a school has been recognized as a NEASC Candidate for Accreditation, the cycle commences. 

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NEASC's groundbreaking accreditation protocol, ACE Learning, was launched in 2016 and has been successfully implemented in an increasing number of our member schools. For more information about ACE Learning, please read the ACE Learning Introduction. It explains the conceptual framework that underpins ACE, describes the various phases of the cycle, and summarizes the most significant differences to current protocols.

A fully aligned IB and NEASC Process: The Collaborative Learning Protocol (CLP)

Watch the presentation now

April 21, 2021
Presented by Darlene Fisher (NEASC) and Angela Meikle (IB) at the IB Virtual Conference/Asia-Pacific

This session presents the newly developed and fully aligned collaborative process of self and peer evaluation which leads to:

  • new or continued accreditation for a school on the NEASC ACE Learning Pathway
  • continued authorization to implement IB programmes
  • a school focus of ongoing growth and transformational learning

The presentation has three parts: exploring the philosophical alignment which enabled this development; outlining the processes of reflection via one report with a focus on development; considering potential benefits for ongoing growth and transformational learning in schools.



The NEASC/IB Collaborative Learning Protocol; watch now: