New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
The New England Association of School and Colleges is a voluntary membership organization of approximately 2000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities, and vocational, technical, and career institutions. The Association works with individual schools to improve the quality of education through a continuous process of evaluation and accreditation.
The Commission on American and International Schools Abroad (CAISA)
American and international schools located in foreign countries are eligible to seek regional accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and their Commission on American and International Schools Abroad (CAISA).
Accreditation by NEASC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and indicates that a school meets or exceeds established criteria within the profession for the assessment of institutional quality through a periodic process of self-study and peer review. An accredited school has the resources to achieve its stated purposes and provides evidence that its students are benefiting from the curricular and co-curricular program offered at the school.
CAISA Accreditation means meeting a high level of challenging standards, which are designed specifically by and for American / international schools.
The Evaluation Process itself provides an opportunity to improve the quality of education offered at the school, and the “Award of Accreditation” recognizes the excellence of the evaluated school and reflects positively on the whole community.
Berlin International School was granted its initial accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) after hosting a visiting evaluation team of fourteen New England teachers and administrators in May 2007. The Visiting Team Evaluation Report commended Berlin International School for its culture and climate, range of course offerings, variety of instructional strategies and authentic learning opportunities, teacher content knowledge, assessment practices, teacher leadership and collaboration, professional development, technology integration, availability of student support services, and the variety of family, business, community and higher education supports and partnerships.