Accreditation is an indication that the school meets the standards of external organizations and is a significant measure of quality. Internationally recognized accreditation agencies like the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) ensure ongoing school improvement through periodic self-study processes, and guarantee that external entities, like colleges and universities throughout the world, recognize the quality of our students, faculty, programs, and systems.
In 2004, the American International School Chennai (AISC) became fully accredited international school by the CIS and MSA. Since 2007, AISC has been authorized by the IBO to offer the Diploma Program. In 2013-2014, AISC was granted a 5 year re-accreditation without stipulations and a 10 year re-accreditation without stipulations by the CIS and MSA, respectively. Our next self-study cycle will begin in the 2019-2020 school year. In August 2017, AISC became the first K-12 school in the world to achieve LEED Gold status using the ARC Platform.
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is one of six regional higher education accreditors in the United States that is recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Middle States Association is purposed to provide peer evaluation and accreditation to education institutions. Nationally, the MSA accredits colleges and schools in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Internationally, the organization accredits schools in the Near East, Far East, Africa, Europe, Canada, and Chile.
The Middle States Association is composed of three individual accrediting commissions with include the Commission on Elementary Schools, the Commission on Secondary Schools and finally the Commission on Higher Education, which accredits colleges and universities.
IB World School
AISC is authorized as an IB World School, offering the full IB Diploma Program. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is a pre-university course of study aimed at the education of the whole person and designed for students in their last two years of secondary school. The IB Diploma curriculum can be administered in any country and is recognized by universities in every country.
The IBO is an international, non-governmental organization founded under Swiss law. It is governed by a Director General, who is elected by a 30-member council representing governments, IB school heads, and private individuals. Besides the main office in Europe, there are regional offices in the United States, Europe, South America, and South East Asia. The working languages of IB are English, French and Spanish. AISC is part of the Asia and the Pacific (IBAP) region of the IBO.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. LEED works for all building types anywhere. LEED is in over 165 countries and territories. LEED buildings save energy, water, resources, generate less waste and support human health.
As a celebration of our efforts, we were awarded Gold status by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), making us the first K-12 school in the world to achieve this status using the real-time ARC platform. In 2019, we were certified Platinum. Our Platinum status comes from our score on 5 categories: Energy, Water, Waste, Human Experience and Transportation.