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Why is accreditation important?

Accreditation certifies that a school has met the criteria established by an accrediting body and can grant a diploma or certificate to its graduates.

Who accredits ASM and how does it work?

ASM is accredited by three accreditation bodies:
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
MSA re-accredits ASM every seven years. MSA Accreditation is based on a comprehensive review with a self-study and a report from a visiting team on 12 operational standards as well as an ongoing commitment to excellence detailed in a seven-year action research project.

The Spanish Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education has requirements for Spanish Lingua and Cultura as well as requirements for teacher certification.    

The International Baccalaureate Organization
The IBO re-accredits ASM every five years after a comprehensive review and self-study.

What does this mean?

One way to understand accreditation is to look at outcomes for ASM graduates.

US accreditation means graduates receive a US High School Diploma. ASM sets its own criteria for graduation. The US system sets graduation requirements as a number of credits for courses a student takes. 
All students who graduate from ASM get this diploma.

Accreditation by the Spanish Ministry of Education allows ASM graduates to convert their ASM grades into scores for the Spanish system and receive the Spanish Bachillerato.  
Students who have taken Programa Oficial in Grades 7-10 and who meet ASM’s Graduation requirements get this credential.

Accreditation by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) allows graduates to receive an IB Diploma from the IBO.
Students who fulfill the requirements in the two-year IB Diploma Program receive an IB Diploma.

An ASM graduate can potentially get all three credentials.

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We empower lifelong learners to take on challenges and thrive, care for others in our diverse international community, and think globally and creatively toward a better future.