Demystifying Homeschooling Series: Why Accreditation Matters
Accredited home schooling – why is it important?
There is an argument that accredited school curricula are not the be-all and end-all of home-schooling – but there are some very important benefits that must be considered.
The best home-schooling systems couple blended home learning in-line with the high standards associated with the K12 curriculum.
Over the 10 years that iCademy Middle East has been operating, it has developed a reputation as a leader in this field. And with its recent New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation, parents can be 100 per cent assured that the quality of education their children receive is of the highest quality.
Accreditation means that the school is examined for proficiency and quality by a third-party entity, in this case the New England Associate of Schools and Colleges – one of the oldest and most prestigious facilities in the USA.
NEASC is an independent and not-for-profit membership organisation that connects and serves more than 2,000 public and independent schools, technical/career institutions, colleges, and universities in New England – plus international schools in more than 65 nations. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai, where iCademy Middle East is based, has teamed up with NEASC to establish and implement an accreditation process appropriate to US schools in the emirate, and to offer students and their parents a curriculum where academic standards and attainment are benchmarked against international norms.
To achieve NEASC accreditation, US schools in Dubai must deliver educational content that closely reflects subjects taught in American or international schools, with the mission to deliver quality education and learning to all students. Currently, 31 schools in Dubai teach the US curriculum to 45,862 students, amounting to 18.8 per cent of all private school enrolments – all adhering to NEASC standards.
By being NEASC accredited, iCademy Middle East observes the stringent requirement specified in the American Common Core curriculum for the provision of education.
As a NEASC accredited online school – the only one of its kind in the Middle East – iCademy Middle East gives parents the assurance that their child’s education needs are being met – the kind of confidence that is invaluable in an online school – particularly if parents have never experienced home-schooling before.
Importantly, accredited systems are often regarded more highly by tertiary education institutions. The measurable outcomes that such schools provide offer greater insight into the child’s educational capability. Accreditation also validates their certificates and their acceptability to tertiary institutions.
Accreditation unquestionably raises parent confidence, eliminating any worries a home-schooling parent may feel in taking responsibility for their child’s education and future.