The support we get from various associations is vital to how BAIS runs as a school. Learn more about these partnerships below.
BAIS is proud to be fully accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, a worldwide leader in accreditation and continuous school improvement. Our current accreditation status is valid through the year 2023.
Middle States accreditation is a confirmation and validation of the work we do each and every day to ensure a top quality education for our students. Accreditation is a self-evaluation process that schools voluntarily undergo to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of performance standards. The accreditation process helps schools and ultimately students to continuously grow and improve.
The process begins with a self-study that is conducted by the school and requires input from school leaders, teachers, parents and students. Following the self-study, a team of volunteer educators from Association member schools conducts an on-site peer review visit to observe school operations and interview various stakeholders. The visiting team makes its recommendation to the Middle States Association Commissions, which votes on the accreditation.
The Middle States Association is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, MSA has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. With more than 2,700 MSA-accredited schools across the United States and in nearly 100 countries, MSA is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of the 21st century and improve educational opportunities for all children.
BAIS receives financial assistance from the US State Department in the form of an annual grant from the Office of Overseas Schools (A/OS). The mission of the Office of Overseas Schools is to promote quality educational opportunities at the elementary and secondary level for dependents of American citizens carrying out our programs and interests of the U.S. Government abroad. A/OS's efforts are to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by upgrading educational institutions which serve to demonstrate American educational principles and methods employed in the United States.
BAIS is a proud member of The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), a membership community committed to professional learning that transforms student learning. Established in 1969, AISA provides a forum to connect educators with each other and with world leaders in education, ensuring that our members are continually learning and growing thereby providing a school and classroom environment where their students can thrive. AISA sponsors a wide variety of differentiated Professional Learning Institutes across the continent to foster greater professionalism and to improve teacher and leadership effectiveness.
AISA currently has a membership of 74 schools across 34 countries. Together, these schools serve approximately 27,000 students supported by over 3,000 teachers.