Monday 14 September 2015

Council of International Schools Certification

In August 2013 Ivanhoe Grammar School gained membership of the Council of International Schools (CIS), a worldwide accreditation body with around 800 members globally. CIS is a global non-profit organisation that provides support to schools and higher education institutions that are committed to quality international education.

In 2015 CIS launched a new service for its Members: CIS International Certification. International Certification was developed in response to demand from the international school community for a program to help schools better understand and develop global citizens. Extensive consultation with experts in international education and a two-year pilot program with nine diverse schools (including Ivanhoe) has helped CIS to develop a process which guides and supports school development, and allows schools to validate, further develop and gain recognition for their international programs.

International Certification is a process that leads to institutional change and school improvement, sharing and further developing the outcomes of a school’s work through a purposeful, collaborative network of diverse schools. International Certification is designed to foster mutual support, communication, and collaboration between CIS Member Schools undertaking the process at the same time, so that schools can benefit from the strengths of the CIS community, share leading practices, and learn from each other’s unique communities and contexts.