The accreditation process at Marymount Barranquilla started in 2007, led by Sister Johanna. After reviewing the standards of the accreditation agencies based in the US, she considered that NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) was best aligned with the type of educational experience that Marymount wanted to offer. She was present during the initial visit of the NEASC team, which certified that our institution was ready to start the process. Marymount was accredited by NEASC on May 13th, 2010.

When Sister Johanna learned that our sister school Marymount Medellín was going through the accreditation process with CIS (Council of International Schools), she decided that given the focus of the school to offer an international educational experience, it made sense to go through the accreditation process with CIS also. On April 27th, 2011, CIS confimed Marymount's accreditation.

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

NEASC, founded in 1885, is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 2,000 public, independent, and international schools in New England (USA) and also international schools in more than 65 countries around the world.

For NEASC, accreditation is undepinned by a comprehensive self-reflection principle, followed by honest feedback from peer evaluators, which is essential for continouos improvement and to achieve educational success. Guided by standards based on research, which are evaluated and revised periodically by the leaders in education in New England (USA), the accreditation offers a clear direction for the learning communities that make an effort to guarantee that its students receive an outstanding learning experience.

Council of International Schools

CIS is a community of members who work jointly to profile international education through professional services to schools, upper education institutions and individuals. CIS vision is to inspire the development of global citizens through high-quality international education, connecting ideas, cultures and educators in every corner of the world.

For CIS it is essential to maintain a balance between the values which it identifies most with: Leadership, Challenges, Principles and Diversity.

The CIS community is committed to closely developing global competence through: ethics, diversity, global topics, communication, service, leadership and a sustainable lifestyle.

Why is it important to hold international accreditations?

An international accreditation is a statement of the institutional health of the school and an assurance of quality to teacher candidates and to the families of prospective students.
An international accreditation is a powerful vehicle for school change, improvement and progress.
An international accreditation is validated and recognized by Ministries and Departments of Education in countries around the world as a mark of quality assurance.
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