Accreditation provides a systematic process that requires a school to ask why it exists, to establish a vision of its future and to determine objectives for reaching that vision. In addition, the process examines the entire school – its philosophy and goals, its community, its programs and services, facilities and financial stability. The accreditation process provides a means for accountability and acts as a public guarantee to the integrity of a school’s programs and ultimately, a student’s transcripts. A school community is assured that the school’s purposes are appropriate and are being accomplished through a viable educational program, which directly impacts student achievement and success. Results of the accreditation process contribute directly to the formulation of a 5-year Strategic Plan.
The Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association (MSA) are two organizations that enjoy a unique ‘public trust’ in schools around the world. Marymount has been accredited since 2004 and is regularly subject to re-accreditation visits.