Welcome to WASC International!
The WASC Guiding Principles are the foundation of the accreditation process and enable schools to:
Ensure a culture of involvement, collaboration and trust
Ensure a culture supporting the well-being of all students
Demonstrate that the shared purpose and schoolwide learner outcomes are understood and accomplished by all students
Evaluate achievement of all students on academic standards/schoolwide learner outcomes
Use multiple ways to analyze data and the impact on student learning
Implement and monitor actions to support continuous improvement
Align prioritized findings to a schoolwide action plan focusing on major student and school needs
Evaluate program effectiveness
Our Partnership with Schools:
WASC provides each school with a consultant who provides coaching/professional conversations and training as the accreditation journey begins
This training is substantial and tailored to a school’s needs to help build the foundations needed for a productive and successful accreditation journey
The Application Process
Short form, submission of basic documents. Online.
Description of school and analysis of its alignment with the criterion.
Pre-initial Visit and/or Initial Visit, FOLLOW-UP
Pre-initial is a tailor made training visit to strengthen alignment with criteria. Initial is an in-depth evaluation to determine candidacy.
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International Member School Testimonials
Dr. Margaret Alvarez
Director of International Accreditation
Dr. Alvarez is currently based in Singapore. Prior to joining WASC, she served as the Head of School of ISS International School, Singapore. Dr. Alvarez has extensive experience in accreditation, having worked in the field for nine years. During this time she engaged in research in school improvement processes, worked with government agencies, contributed to the development of accreditation protocols, trained educators and administrators in successful accreditation practices, managed processes, and supported numerous schools around the world.
Natalie Abad Merritt
Natalie Abad Merritt began her teaching career as a Primary School teacher working in South Wales, U.K. She then spent 16 years working for the largest K-12 international school in Singapore, gaining experience as head of department, a member of leadership, and living within the residential community.
Dawn Rock joined WASC after 23 years in international education as an elementary teacher, a middle and high school math teacher, and, mostly recently, as a high school principal for twelve years. She has extensive experience as a team member and as chair for school visits, testament to her commitment to the development and growth of all schools.
Stephen Massiah is based out of Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to WASC, Steve held positions in international schools in Doha, Qatar; Seoul, South Korea; Bangkok, Thailand; and Hong Kong. Prior to this he was a principal in Toronto, Canada; an adjunct instructor at the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto; and an interim position (secondment) with the Ontario College of Teachers.
Barbara Parker has worked in international schools in Southeast Asia, Pakistan, Africa, and the Mediterranean for almost 30 years. She was formerly the director of the International School of Beihai. She recently designed and developed curriculum for several new international schools in China and the Asia-Pacific region.
After beginning her teaching career in her native Canada, Alana has been teaching and leading in schools in various countries for the past 19 years. She has traveled extensively with her family and has worked in countries including Macau, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore, Austria, and Japan.