What is Accreditation?

  • Accreditation is a system of accountability through peer review, that is on-going, voluntary and comprehensive in scope.
  • It is based on standards that are developed, regularly reviewed, and which define the characteristics of good schools and colleges.
  • It respects differences in institutional populations, missions, and cultures, and fosters institutional change grounded in the judgement of practicing educators.


Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process. It is a ten-year cycle that includes a Preliminary/Preparatory Visit, a comprehensive 12-18 months Self-Study, a Team Visit, a First Report on Progress and Planning after two years, and a 5-Year Review Visit.

In Dubai accreditation is mandatory for American curriculum schools.

What is NEASC?

  • NEASC (1885) is the nation’s oldest regional accreditation association
  • It’s missions is to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to doctoral level.
  • Serves more than 2,000 public and independent schools worldwide

NEASC Accreditation standards:

  • School Guiding Statements (Mission, Vision, Objectives).
  • Teaching & Learning (Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment, Internationalism).
  • Governance & Leadership (Operational and Strategic Oversight, Long-Term Planning, Policy).
  • Faculty & Support Staff (Qualifications, Conditions of Employment, Professional Development).
  • Access to Teaching & Learning (Counseling, Special Needs, Guidance).
  • School Culture & Partnerships for Learning (Home/School Relationship, Communication Systems, Child Protection).
  • Operational Systems (Facilities, Finance, Health & Safety).

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