ACCREDITATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANISATIONS
Common acronyms and affiliations and what they mean.
well as professional networking, and representing member schools to government agencies and the private sector.
EARCOS: East Asia Regional Council of Schools – an organisation comprising over 180 member schools across East Asia working to encourage intercultural understanding and relationships, improve education standards and develop professional growth.
FOBISIA: Federation of British International Schools in Asia – a membership association promoting excellence in British international education, student enrichment and professional development.
GCE A Level: General Certificate of Education Advanced Level – pre-university course studied in the last two years of secondary school culminating in exams taken in three to five subjects.These are chosen based on what degree and career the students intend to pursue.
Green Schools Alliance: an alliance dedicated to connecting and empowering schools around the world to lead the transformation to a sustainable future.
HSC: Higher School Certificate
– an Australian pre-university qualification based on exam results, projects, assignments and tests taken throughout the course.
IB: International Baccalaureate – an educational programme for students aged three to 19 focusing on critical and independent thinking and taught in over 5,000 schools worldwide.
IBDP: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme – a preuniversity programme for students aged 16 to 19 comprising six subject groups and the diploma programme core elements of theory of knowledge; creativity, activity, service; and the extended essay.
IGCSE: International General Certificate of Secondary Education – examinations and qualifications based on a curriculum set by the different exam boards (e.g. CIE and Edexcel) with the syllabus starting in Year 10 and ending with exams in Year 11.
IPC: International Primary Curriculum – curriculum for children aged five to 11 taught in over 1,000 schools worldwide with specific learning goals for every subject.
ISAC: International Schools
Athletic Conference – sports league organising athletic competitions amongst member international schools in Kuala Lumpur.
ISC: Independent Schools Council
– a non-profit organisation with over 1,300 schools within the UK’s independent education sector and British international schools abroad. Its main functions include research, regulatory information and guidance, and promoting the sector.
NEASC: New England Association of Schools and Colleges – an independent non-profit membership organisation representing top schools and universities in New England and around the world aimed at maintaining high education standards.
NFI: Next Frontier Inclusion – an accreditation which encourages and protects the interests of children who have different learning styles and encourages schools to embrace learning diversity.
SEASAC: South East Asian Student Activities Conference – supports international schools in Southeast Asia to achieve educational goals, and encourages closer links within the international school community through sports and artistic activities.
SKIPS: 5-Star Quality Standards Award for Private Education Institutions issued by the Ministry of Education. Based on an assessment of 10 criteria including curriculum management, teaching and learning, discipline, standards and international teaching standards.
WASC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges – a popular accrediting association which works with the Office of Overseas Schools under the US Department of State providing accreditations to public and private educational institutions in the US, Pacific Rim and East Asia.
WIDA: World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment – a member-based organisation offering language development resources to help educators teach multi-lingual students.