1 March 2019

This will make us one of only 15 schools in the world and the first one internationally to receive this level of recognition from ACSI.

If you have been at school this week, you might have noticed seven individuals walking around our campus and visiting our classrooms. These seven people were part of the accreditation team sent here to evaluate our school program. As part of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) we must meet certain standards and expectations to receive their approval of our diploma. When accredited by these organizations, our diploma is then accepted all over the world by universities and colleges. We have been accredited with WASC for over 30 years and with ACSI for over 24 years.

To be accredited with these two organizations, we submit a self-study report that shows evidence of the learning that is taking place and all that Dalat does to educate our students. A team of individuals then come to visit the campus to verify the report and evaluate us based on the organization’s educational standards. They then submit a report that details what we are doing well and areas for us to improve upon to the WASC and ACSI commissions. The recommendations become part of our improvement plan for the future.

What is unique about the visit this time is that the team included two more individuals who were sent solely to evaluate us in regards to achieving what is called “exemplary” status with ACSI. This includes being evaluated on another set of standards and expectations (fifty of them) that are found in exceptional schools around the world. Very simply, we were being evaluated with a much higher standard then what is used for a regular accreditation visit.

Thursday we received a report from the visiting team that we are being recommended to the commission to receive exemplary status. This will make us one of only 15 schools in the world and the first one internationally to receive this level of recognition from ACSI.

Though this is a proud and exciting accomplishment, the most important aspect of the team’s visit is their input and specific recommendations on how we can continue to improve as a school. As we move forward, their feedback will be used to help direct the administration and staff to become an even better school. You will hear more about these plans and initiatives in the coming months.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.

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