AISB is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).
AISB undertakes a comprehensive and externally-reviewed self-study every seven years, to ensure that all areas of school operations continue to meet MSA’s high standards for quality. Our most recent re-accreditation was in 2012. In August 2017, we began our new self-study process.
What’s happened so far:
- You’ll find the Re-accreditation Timeline, which summarizes the entire process, here.
- Parents, students, faculty and staff have been surveyed to determine their experience of the ways AISB meets MSA’s twelve standards for Accreditation, and the results analyzed. You can find the Standards here.
- The Profile of the School has been written, following an intensive look at all aspects of the school, our context, student performance, and the needs of our community of stakeholders. (This was a very big job!)
- The Mission has been slightly revised, to improve its clarity and power. The new version is below; the words in bold are those that have been added to the original text.
- MSA requires that schools identify a set of student performance and organizational capacity Objectives, then design and implement action plans to achieve them. Following an intensive examination of our context and the needs and interests of the AISB community, the Accreditation Planning Team identified three Objectives for growth, which will work together with the Strategic Plan to guide the school’s development over the next seven years. You will find the draft Objectives here.
What’s happening now:
The draft Objectives call for improvement in student performance in mathematical thinking and reading, and improvement in the school’s capacity to teach and assess the attributes of its Profile of Graduates. We are currently engaged in an intensive review of the school’s curriculum in Mathematics and English Language Arts, to identify areas in which we can improve.
We need you!
Please join us in this important process. A good self-study process includes insight from all stakeholder groups, and your voice matters!
Creation of draft Action Plans to achieve the Objectives.
We appreciate you!!
We thank sincerely the many parent, student and staff volunteers who have participated in this valuable process, including those students and parents on the Committees, students who participated in focus groups, and the many parents, students and staff who completed MSA’s Standards Survey for AISB. The information and insight our community has provided is valuable, and will serve AISB student learning for many years to come.
The American International School of Bamako engages students in an international, English-medium educational program based upon American standards, that encourages critical thinking and inquiry together with academic, social and personal growth. AISB welcomes students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and ensures that all students experience an innovative and supportive international learning environment, and are empowered to meet successfully the diverse challenges of an ever-changing world.
AISB is a full member of the Association of International Schools in Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and is approved by the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS).