Green School New Zealand is looking to solidify its qualification path for learners by joining one of the most established accreditation organisations in the world.
NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) recently visited the school’s Ōākura campus as part of a multi-stage assessment that will determine whether Green School becomes one of approximately 1500 public, independent and international schools worldwide to obtain NEASC approval.
The organisation is globally recognised for its standards of excellence, and Head of School, Caroline Rennie, said gaining accreditation with NEASC will be an important next step for the school and its learners.
“The reason we are engaging in this accreditation, on top of ERO (Education Review Office), is so our learners who are graduating from Green School New Zealand will have an externally validated international high school diploma, and the world will know we have met a global standard of education practice.”
Whaea Caroline said the visiting team was impressed with the innovation, curriculum design and unique facilities at Green School, despite being in only its third year of teaching and learning.
“They have acknowledged the fact that it takes courage to step out of the world of traditional, externally validated examinations and move towards digital portfolios, micro-credentials and a holistic transcript that curates evidence of learning to demonstrate a learner’s application of knowledge, skills and competencies,” she said.
Green School will now go through a 12 month internal reflection, followed by a further external review anad visit by a NEASC team in Term 1, 2023, after which its accreditation status will be finalised.
“It is a very thorough, reputable process that does take time, however, we feel it will be incredibly worthwhile for the future direction of Green School New Zealand and the learners who graduate from our unique programme.”