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Maeve O'Leary

We are delighted to announce that the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) and COBIS have a new partnership which jointly recognises each other’s Accreditation schemes

We are delighted to announce that the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) and COBIS have a new partnership which jointly recognises each other’s Accreditation schemes.

As part of this partnership, COBIS will recognise WASC Accredited schools as a route to COBIS membership, and WASC will recognise schools that have completed COBIS Compliance or COBIS Accreditation as being eligible for WASC candidacy or accreditation.

This agreement demonstrates the strength and value of global partnerships, benefitting schools and students around the world. Both organisations recognise the quality and impact of each other’s Accreditation schemes, and the value of each other’s work in supporting the international and British international school communities.

This recognition demonstrates both our continued commitment to robust quality assurance, and to providing choice for the British International School community.

I am pleased to announce our partnership with WASC, an organisation that is, just like COBIS,  committed to excellence in education. This partnership demonstrates COBIS’ commitment to constantly work to advance the international education sector, and offer choice and value to our Members. We are proud to work with organisations like WASC to serve high-quality British international schools around the world.” Colin Bell, CEO, COBIS

We are thrilled to embark on this partnership with COBIS, a testament to our shared dedication to excellence in education and ongoing student improvement. This collaboration underscores our commitment to fostering quality and diversity within the international education landscape. By recognizing and respecting each other's accreditation schemes, we aim to empower schools and enrich learning experiences for students worldwide. We look forward to the positive impact our partnership will bring to the global educational community.” Dr Barry Groves, President, WASC

WASC, a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the U.S. Department of State. This regional association provides assistance to over 5,300 schools worldwide, including California, Hawaii, and other US states; Guam and the other Pacific Islands; Asia; the Middle East; Australia; New Zealand; Europe; and Africa. WASC extends its services to public and private pre-K-12 schools, as well as adult schools and supplementary education programs.

COBIS and WASC are pleased to develop this mutual recognition of each other’s accreditation schemes as a route to membership for the benefit of the wider international school community. If you are interested in joining via this route, please email members@cobis.org.uk to find out more.