Mahindra International School (formerly Mercedes-Benz International School) has had a long history of seeking formal accreditation from various accrediting agencies.
Three main international agencies have formally recognized our school.
The Council of International Schools (CIS) accredits schools using a rigorous framework of best practice in international schools world-wide. CIS accreditation covers aspects related to curriculum and teaching but also governance, safety, staffing, home-school relationships and more. MIS gained CIS recognition first in 2005 and has subsequently been reaccredited in 2010 and 2015.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is based in the USA and accredits schools within the United States as well as internationally. NEASC looks into the following domains; Learning Structure; Organizational Structure; Health, Safety and Security; Finance, Facilities, resources; and Ethical Practice. MIS was first accredited by NEASC in 2009 and is now on a 5-year cycle aligned with the CIS accreditation.
International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) has authorized MIS to offer three of the 4 Programmes. IB Authorization looks deeply at curriculum, teaching and learning and how the Programmes are articulated. In 1999 the school gained authorized status for both the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP). In 2006, we were authorized to offer the Diploma Programme (DP). We have maintained all three authorizations through a regular cycle of review and assessment since that time.
Legal Status within India
In addition to the rigorous international accreditation processes, the school has maintained a robust legal status within India. The school was originally registered under the Public Trust, ‘Mercedes-Benz Education Academy’ in 1998, which has been subsequently renamed Mahindra Education Academy (2019). The Academy was also registered as a Society under the Society Registration Act in 1998.
The formation of the school was legalized with a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Education in 1998.
Why seek accreditation?
- Accreditation provides Quality Assurance by setting a standard of measurement against which high quality international schools are measured across all school domain functions. This includes teaching & learning, governance, vision & mission, finance, safety, community, resources and many other domains.
- It provides International Recognition so that parents, students, educators and universities around the world understand that our school provides an international-standard education.
- The accreditation process is a deep Self-Reflection process that guides our own analysis of our aspirations set out in our Mission and Vision and guides our self-assessment process.
- The summative evaluation is conducted through Peer Assessment by recognized international educators and school leaders from around the world. They provide unbiased but expert evaluation and honest feedback through the process.
- And finally, the process of accreditation (and re-accreditation) is fundamentally about our own Growth & Development as an organization. Outcomes of the process lead to a set of recommendations and an action plan that takes us into our futures.