Pathways to Accreditation - International Education

Standard Pathway

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Standard Pathway

A focus on building strong foundations

The Standard Pathway to NEASC Accreditation is for schools on a longer developmental continuum that allows a focus on building strong foundations that support a safe, sustainable, and effective learning community. A school accredited on the Standard Pathway is expected to pursue the ACE Pathway during subsequent accreditation cycles.

Foundation Standards

  • Learning Structure
  • Organizational Structure
  • Health, Safety, and Security
  • Finance, Facilities, and Resources
  • Ethical Practice

Learning and Teaching

  • The school is driven by clear Guiding Statements that influence decision making.
  • Written curriculum is aligned with the Vision, Mission, and Guiding Statements and guides daily practice.
  • Learning experiences are balanced between content, skills, and dispositions.
  • Assessment methods provide valuable feedback to students, parents, and teachers to enhance learning.
  • Students are engaged in their own learning.
  • Co-curricular activities provide additional opportunities for learning outside of the school day.
  • The school uses space and time structures in ways that contribute to student learning.
  • Technology and other learning resources are used to promote learning and to prepare students for an interconnected world.
  • Professional development opportunities support the learning and growth of all teaching and nonteaching staff.


  • The learning community intentionally encourages a culture of collaboration among all stakeholders.
  • Communication internally and externally contributes to a healthy learning community.
  • External partnerships serve to expand the capacity of the learning community.
  • The school ensures that leadership is effective at improving and sustaining learning.
  • The school fosters a positive environment with an open climate and high morale.

Wellness and Inclusion

  • All learning community members enjoy opportunities to engage with creative, physical, and social aspects of the school community.
  • Individuals and groups in the school are respected for their unique perspectives and contributions.
  • Students are supported in their social-emotional wellbeing and in planning for their futures.
  • SEN and EAL students are well served so they may effectively learn.
  • Students are effectively supported and prepared for all transitions.