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Accreditation and Affiliation

We would like to extend our congratulations to the Inter-Community School Zurich for its continued commitment to school improvement and high educational standards.” New England Association of Schools & Colleges.

International Baccalaureate

ICS is an IB World School. We are the only school in Zurich fully authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to offer three IB programmes - the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes.

Accreditation

The Inter-Community School, Zurich is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC).

ICS first achieved accreditation in 2006. After a five-year follow-up visit in January 2012, CIS and NEASC agreed that ICS should continue its good standing as an accredited school for a further five years. ICS was delighted to receive confirmation of re-accreditation by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in January 2017.

In 2016, a joint visit of IB, CIS and NEASC was undertaken. The results of the report were excellent. In particular the Visiting team commended: "The entire school community for putting into action the principles underlying the school's mission." Furthermore, ICS staff was applauded for "embracing the Guiding Statements in their classroom practice." They also praised our school community "for creating a warm, welcoming and positive school climate where respect is nurtured."

"During their time on campus, the Visiting Team learned more about the school's past four years of accomplishments, its current self-evaluation and future challenges. There has been significant change and accomplishments since the last Preparatory Visit, and the Visiting Team in its report highlighted how and why these developments and achievements have occurred."

In particular, the re-accreditation experts commented on the collegial and harmonious spirit of ICS. "The faculty and staff enjoyed one another's company. Our discussions were frank, open and helpful and the class visits revealed teaching and learning, characterized by student engagement, mutual respect between faculty and students and guiding statement impact.

The re-accreditation confirms the recognition of ICS as an exemplary international school operating in the non-profit sector of private education. In the words of the IB evaluators - ICS is considered an IB plus school which goes beyond offering a good programme - its programme delivery is exceptional.

CIS and NEASC

The Council of International Schools (CIS) describes its School Evaluation & Accreditation Process as a flexible, yet rigorous, vehicle for school improvement which leads to highly valued international recognition of the school. The process involves evaluation of a school in the light of the school’s own Guiding Statements (such as its Mission/Vision for Students/Educational Objectives,etc) and the CIS Standards for Accreditation. These Standards are designed to ensure that a school is offering an international education of high quality.

The New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) says of its accreditation process that: "An accredited school is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation."

Membership

ICS is a member of Round Square - a global community of schools whose students are working hard to make a difference in the lives of others, while also learning more about themselves. See more about our Round Square membership here.

In addition to this, ICS is a member of:

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