Accrediting agencies offer parents assurance that the school they choose for their child has been quality assessed by an independent, external body.
A child educated at an accredited school will have received a high-quality education and that school's reports and exams are reliable indicators of this achievement. This benefits students who move from school to school around the world, and those who apply for high school or university place upon graduation from their accredited school.
For these reasons, Green Shoots prioritises accreditation and in its ten-year history has earned entry to three important groups. It is now studying others that align with its values, offer educational advantage to students, and can further assure parents that Green Shoots is the right school for their child.
Due to its complexity and rigour, the accreditation process includes several steps and can take years to complete. There are many accrediting agencies, some of which serve schools affiliated with a particular education system or model and may be tied to a government agency.
There are two types of accrediting agencies that work with international schools: