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NEASC & International Baccalaureate

This spring, ACSD began a two year process toward joint accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and International Baccalaureate (IB). This new process will streamline our reporting process while offering ACSD the benefits of each organization’s attention and external review. Both organizations offer objective feedback, local and international collaboration, and rigorous standards for best practices in a learning community.  IB further articulates these best practices and offers the framework and structures to get us there. Internally, these processes help us reflect on our district goals (including the strategic plan) and engage deeply in a cycle of continuous improvement. Externally, they offer a clear measure of quality to our community, our post secondary employers and colleges. If successful, we will be the first school district in the country to receive NEASC and IB’s joint accreditation.

What role will teachers and staff play? Over the next 2 years, everyone plays a role in this process. Some teachers may be asked to join us to meet with visiting teams, for classroom observation, or to reflect with colleagues on our progress toward our standards and practices using our new Strategic Plan as a guide. The initial NEASC/IB visits begin next week. You can see the schedule here. If you want to learn more about the process, we invite you to join the Friday, May 10th discussion at

What role will parents and students play? Over the next two years (beginning as early as next week!) you may be asked to meet with a visiting team member and/or contribute to our reflection process and goal setting. View the resources below to learn more about NEASC and IB.



First page of the PDF file: NEASCIBAccreditationProcess2

Learn more about our International Baccalaureate program: