Accreditation

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The International School of Belgrade (ISB) is proud to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), as well as the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.
 
ISB was the first International School in the world to be accredited by NEASC in 1981. Further, ISB is currently working with both NEASC and the IB as the global pilot school for joint accreditation protocols. 
 

Accreditation has two key purposes: 
  1. It ensures the school continually strives for excellence by meeting external standards of quality, widely accepted in international education circles. 
  2. It provides an instrument for continual school improvement through self-reflection and external evaluation. 

NEASC ACE
 
In line with new, more dynamic accreditation systems, ISB has adopted the NEASC ACE (Architecture, Culture, Ecology) protocols. 
 
NEASC ACE accreditation protocols require a school to be completely ‘Learning Focussed’.
 
ACE schools aim to transform rather than just improve education. Accreditation becomes an instrument to enable and foster systemic change. ACE challenges the familiar language and ‘grammar’ of schooling and encourages ‘schools’ to become learning communities guided by a razor-sharp vision of learning in our times.
 
ACE requires learning communities to reflect on learner impacts rather than outputs and to identify the evidence required to validate the desired Impact. ACE aims to change the place called ‘school’ into an “interactive museum of learning opportunities” (Yong Zhao). 
 
‘ACE’s conceptual shift moves accreditation from an input/output-oriented model to creating a learning eco-system, which looks for Impact of learning on the learner. Impact is not synonymous with results or examination scores. Impact does not mistake teacher ‘behaviors’ for evidence of Impact on the learner. Impact endeavors to measure the extent to which the learning community has achieved the overarching goals embedded in its learning architecture, culture and ecology’.

You can find more about the ISB’s ACE Learning Principles here: Learning Principles

You can find more information on NEASC Accreditation here: NEASC ACE Accreditation