May 18, 2010
After a thorough process of three years, YCIS Beijing has been accredited by three major bodies--Council of International Schools (CIS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and National Centre for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT).
The accreditation process by these three bodies began more than three years ago and will continue over the next five years when the accreditation team will return to conduct a five-year review. At present only six schools in China are accredited by these three agencies including YCIS Shanghai.
The accreditation team examined the school in these areas and provided commendations and recommendations for each: philosophy and objectives, curriculum, governance and management, staff, student support services, resources, student and community life, and China context. The following are the highlights of the major commendations:
- YCIS Beijing was strongly commended on “total commitment to bilingualism and biculturalism in education”.
- The Early Childhood Education Department was commended for “creating a stimulating, bilingual learning environment that supports the development of the whole child”.
- The Chinese Department was commended for their “enthusiasm and commitment in utilising the culture of China and of the school community to enhance the educational experiences of the students”.
- The student body was praised for “the positive contribution to the nature of the school by actively embracing its philosophy of acceptance and social responsibility”.
- The final commendation was “the entire school community for their fostering of the caring and respectful ethos which is so evident in the school”.
As well as providing commendations the accreditation report also provided recommendations for the school to follow over the next five years. We look forward to implementing the recommendations for the future improvement of the school. Only by regular self-examination can we continue to push for educational excellence and the true embodiment of our philosophy and objectives.