It’s Official! We Did It! Ta’allum Academies Are WASC Accredited

It’s Official! We Did It! Ta’allum Academies Are WASC Accredited

All three Ta’allum Academies were this week celebrating official confirmation of their positive Accreditation status after receiving the formal letters from the Chair of the Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Commission, Stephen Cathers. The prestigious WASC logo will now be proudly displayed by the schools to underline their success in achieving this rigorous international benchmark signifying excellence in education. Sustaining the accreditation is dependent on the Academies’ ongoing commitment to continuous improvement.

The official letters were forwarded to the schools following the formal meeting of the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) at their Spring 2019 Commission Meeting. The ACS WASC Commissioners determined that Al Jazeera Academy, Al Maha Academy for Boys and Al Maha Academy for Boys have all met the WASC criteria for accreditation. Al Maha Boys and Al Jazeera Academies were granted the highest possible accolade with a full six year designation. Al Maha Academy for Girls were accredited with a two year ‘determination’ – a most 

The accreditation status was bestowed after sustained preparation over 3 years based on all of the information provided by the school, including the self-study report, and the satisfactory completion of the on-site accreditation visit. As part of maintaining their status the Academies must prepare a Progress Report for a Mid-cycle Visit. The report and visit will monitor that the school has addressed identified areas for follow-up and made appropriate progress on the implementation of the schoolwide action plan and improved student achievement relative to the schoolwide learner outcomes and the academic standards.

Ta’allum Academies are now integral partners for WASC. This includes a requirement that as an accredited school they will annually contribute staff members to participate on visiting committees in other international schools.

Sheldon Smith (Principal of Al Jazeera Academy) said ‘We have grown in confidence and strength as an Academy. Staff at every level have contributed to this great success. This is the essence of the WASC process’ Shuja Uddin (Principal of Al Maha Academy for Boys. AMAB expressed his gratitude to all associated with the Academy ‘It has been a challenging journey but as with anything worth achieving our hard work has been rewarded.’

Ta’allum Director of Education Dr Mohammed Saefan said ‘Ta’allum’s goals and our pursuit of excellence in Early Years, Primary and Secondary education fully accord with the WASC processes. Through hard work and expertise we anticipate further success and continuing improvement in our Academies. I heartily congratulate all concerned’ His positive thoughts were echoed by Ta’allum CEO Mr Ahmed Al Mannai who said. ‘This is a wonderful achievement. I sincerely thank all members of the Ta’allum community of Staff, Parents, Students and all partners for their commitment and enterprise. Together we make the difference. The accreditation is confirmation of our developing high quality of education and a springboard to the next level of success and expectation.

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