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ACS Egham NEASC report - thorough, diligent and dynamic

Published Thursday 22nd of May 2014 12:49:14 PM

With many of our students coming from north America, or going there for their higher education studies, it seems a good time to highlight the results of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) report on the school, which was submitted after their visit to Egham in December 2013.

NEASC's mission is to establish and maintain the highest standards for all levels of education, and its five year review is a significant study which underpins the accreditation of schools. NEASC describes the process as 'In essence, then, the school is asked to review the past, reflect on the present, and look to the future in its self-analysis.'

ACS Egham staff carried out their own self study and prepared the documentation which was required for the five year review. This material was then cross referenced and checked against the experience and observations made by two visitors from NEASC, highly experienced school heads, who visited the campus over a three day period.

We're delighted and very proud to report back that the results were excellent. A letter from NEASC which accompanied the report of results included this observation: 'The school has held itself to an exceptionally high standard in rating itself.'

Results from the report, which have already been shared with parents and staff, included the following comments which are quoted verbatim here:

* The Five-Year report was completed with 'diligence, frankness and devotion to detail.'
* The school has invested in the necessary hardware and software to promote technology.
* The school values diversity, service learning, and a focus on internationalism and integration.
* The school culture fosters strong relationships between students and teachers.
* ACS Schools and ACS Egham are clearly committed to the professional development of teachers.
* The school has invested considerable time and resources in ensuring that teachers are current (to IB standards) and the school has surpassed these requirements.
* ACS Egham is a dynamic institution functioning at a very high level.

Jeremy Lewis head of ACS Egham said 'Sincere thanks to all the parents, staff and students who contributed to the NEASC Report. It involved considerable hard work which I much appreciated. Something the report noted was 'ACS Egham is not resting on its laurels' and while these results are excellent you can be sure we're never complacent and will always be looking for ways to continually offer the best in international education for our students and staff.'
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