Since 1998, EIS-Jumeirah has held accreditation with Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
through the Committee on Institution-Wide
Accreditation (CIWA). EIS – Jumeirah uses the Accreditation for Growth (AFG)
CIWA is a bridging division of the Middle States Association addressing accreditation
with schools that work with that continuum of students extending beyond the scope
of either the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools (CES) or the Middle
States Commission on Secondary Schools (CSS) alone.
EIS-Jumeirah undertook a Mid-Point Review on Wednesday 14th November 2007.
Accreditation is the affirmation that a school provides a quality of education that
the community has a right to expect and the education world endorses. Accreditation
is a means of showing confidence in the institution's performance. When the Middle
States Commission on Elementary Schools and the Commission on Secondary Schools
act to accredit, it certifies that the organisation has met the prescribed standards
of the Middle States Association within the terms of the institution's own stated
philosophy and objectives.
The chief purpose of the whole accreditation process is the improvement of education
by evaluating the degree to which an educational organisation has attained worthwhile
outcomes set by its own staff and community. This is accomplished by periodically
conducting a comprehensive self-evaluation of the total institution. Through the
accreditation process the school seeks the validation of its self-evaluation by
obtaining professional judgment from impartial outsiders on the effectiveness of
the total operation. The intent throughout the process is more than to focus on
shortcomings; the chief goal is to seek remedies for inadequacies and to identify
and nurture good practices.
The following are some of the many benefits of accreditation:
- Greater clarity of purpose
- Stronger internal relationships
- Wider professional participation
- More effective methods of planning for educational improvement
- Improved consistency between educational purpose and practice
What is the AFG Protocol
Quite simply, the AFG protocol seeks to change the traditional school culture of
primarily focusing on the inputs of school improvement (facilities, program, services,
etc.) to focusing on the outputs desired in student performance.
Further information on the AFG Protocol, CIWA or the MSA is available from these
documents downloaded from various MSA websites.
In 2004, EIS-Jumeirah was visited by a team representing MSA for re-validation.
EIS-Jumeirah was successful in gaining re-accreditation for a further seven years.
As part of this process EIS-Jumeirah is implementing action plans which support
these three objectives.
Objective 1: Reading in the Primary
By the year 2011, 100% of Emirates International School Grade 1 to 5 students will
demonstrate improved reading skills as measured by:
- An increase of 12 months in reading ages between September and May each academic
year as measured by the Suffolk Reading Test [External Assessment].
- An increase of 100% in the number of students attaining over 80% in the Emirates
International School Bi-annual Comprehension Test.
- An annual increase in at least three *Ginn Reading Levels for each Primary student
as recorded by the teacher Reading Records. [*Ginn is a graded Reading Scheme]
- A 5% improvement in the number parent responses to our "Annual Parent Survey" on
our reading programme.
Objective 2: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
By the year 2011, Emirates International School-Jumeirah graduates will demonstrate
excellent intellectual, social and critical perspective as measured by:
- 85% of graduates (Diploma and Certificate) will achieve a total score of 30 points
- 85% of graduates will complete the Diploma.
Objective 3: EIS Award Programme (Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme)
By the year 2011, Grades 9 – 13 Emirates International School-Jumeirah students
will demonstrate growth in out-of-school self-development as measured by:
- 15% of students in Grade 9-13 will earn the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award each
- 8% of students in Grade 9-13 will earn the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award each year.
- 5% of students in Grade 9-13 will earn the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award each year.
Authorisation and Approval
In addition to MSA accreditation, EIS – Jumeirah was authorised in 1992 by the International Baccalaureate (IB)
to offer the IB Diploma Programme. During the 07/08 academic year, the High School
successfully passed its five year Diploma Programme Evaluation.
EIS – Jumeirah is also an approved International Examination Centre for Edexcel International.
The Primary school is a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of IB.
EIS – Jumeirah is a member of the Middle East International Baccalaureate Association
(MEIBA), the British Schools in the
Middle East (BSME) organization and the Near East and South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA).