Our Accreditations, Authorizations, & Memberships
Meadowridge holds accreditations and authorizations from a number of organizations, including the International Baccalaureate, the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools, the Council of International Schools, and the Ministry of Independent Schools. These accreditations are distinct, and serve different purposes.
After a joint visit from both the Council of International Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization we have received our final reports from both organizations confirming our CIS accreditation and ongoing authorization to offer the PYP, MYP, and DP.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is actually three authorizations, one for each level of the IB. For each, a team from the IBO visits our school, after we have thoroughly described our Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). They speak to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. They also examine our self-report, check our results, and visit all classrooms.
The visits are designed to provide a full picture of the teaching and learning in the school, and to make sure that we hold to the highest international standards. If they are satisfied, they authorize us to continue to offer the program. Each program has an authorization visit every five years. This ensures that the quality of teaching and learning in the school remains at a world level of excellence.
The Ministry Of Education Inspection, involves three or four people visiting our school for several days to make sure that our school complies with all school law in the Province, and that our school does an acceptable job of teaching and learning. Although thorough, it is largely regional, and based upon minimal acceptable standards; it is, however, much more thorough than what public schools face, since they have no inspection at all.
The major difference between the CAIS accreditation and the CIS accreditation is the global recognition of the standards. CAIS is equally rigorous, accrediting about 100 of the finest schools in Canada. CIS accredits about 650 institutions around the world, and have an additional focus on globalism and intercultural and international understanding.
Council of Independent Schools & Canadian Accredited Independent Schools are very similar: they each send a team of eight or nine people, often for five days, to accredit every aspect of the school, including teaching, facilities, finance, governance, risk management, student care, admissions, advancement, communications and marketing, and so on. The school conducts a self-study for a year, including arms-length surveys, and data from every area.
This data is examined by internal committees, who company the school to national and international standards articulated by the organizations. The visiting committee speaks to everyone – parent representatives, staff, teachers, administration, the Board, students – and they also look at the school data in every area. These accreditations are very rigorous, and draw upon the highest standards in the world. They ensure that we are functioning at a high level, that we are ethical, that our children are well-educated, and that we are sustainable.
Except for the Ministry Accreditation these visits are completely voluntary. So why do we do it?
Many schools make statements about what they do and what they accomplish. We believe that the single best way for parents to be assured of the quality of a school is to look at the number and quality of their accrediting agencies. These are objective reports by large teams of experts, based on complex data and substantial school visits. Your school’s accreditations are very strong reports which look at the school in detail.
Combined, these accreditations provide a scorecard on the quality of our school, promote reflection on how we might do better, and provide assurance to our families and Board that we are, indeed, meeting and exceeding the highest standards in the world. Our children deserve no less.
Meadowridge is proud to be authorized, accreditated, or members of the following organizations:
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a global non-profit accreditation organisation working collaboratively to shape international education through professional services to schools, higher education institutions, and individuals. The CIS vision is to inspire the development of global citizens through high quality international education: connecting ideas, cultures and educators from every corner of the world. CIS core services include International School Accreditation, Educational Recruitment and Leadership Search for schools, and Higher Education Services that facilitate linkages between schools and colleges and universities.
Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) is comprised of a community of independent schools with a shared goal to explore and pursue exemplary leadership, training, research and international standards of educational excellence. CAIS was established in 1981 as a national network for member schools supporting collaborative initiatives in leadership, education, management and governance. All CAIS schools commit to undergoing a reflective and collaborative school improvement process, meet national standards, and participate in research and professional development.
The Independent Schools Association of BC (ISABC) is a family of outstanding schools distinguished by their provision of exceptional educational experiences, opportunities and preparation for university and 21st century global citizenship. The ISABC links teachers and leaders to promote the sharing of the best educational and leadership practices and ideas.Through collaboration, commitment and an atmosphere of mutual respect, ISABC member schools are positioned to achieve the highest standards of education.