Pathways to Accreditation - International Education

Standard Pathway - International Education

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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.

  • Learning Structure
  • Organizational Structure
  • Health, Safety, and Security
  • Finance, Facilities, and Resources
  • Ethical Practice
  • Boarding/Residential (if any)

Learning and Teaching

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

Wellness and Inclusion

  1. Students and staff members community members enjoy opportunities to engage with creative, physical and social aspects of the school community.
  2. Individuals and groups of individuals in the school are respected for their unique perspectives and contributions.
  3. SEN and EAL students are well served so they may effectively learn.
  4. Students are effectively supported and prepared for all transitions.
  5. Students are supported in their social-emotional well-being as well as in their planning for their futures.


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