American School of Valencia is accredited by the Middle States Association, Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). In addition, the school is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the IB Diploma Program. The school is also registered in Spain as a Centro Extranjero (Registration Code: 46016610) complying with all the requirements for international schools established by the Ministerio de Educación and the Conselleria de Educación of the Generalitat Valenciana.
Middle States Association (MSA) is the oldest regional accrediting association in the United States. Established in 1887, it has two commissions (the Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools and the Commission on Higher Education) and currently accredits more than 5,000 schools and universities in the United States and international schools in 106 countries.
The MSA-CESS accreditation process is a rigorous review process that takes place every seven years. The accreditation review process ensures that the American School of Valencia not only meets the organizational and academic standards, but also undertakes a process for development and growth which provides accountability of its operations, fosters stakeholder involvement and commitment, and develops a culture of planning focused on student performance.
The Middle States Association supported the foundation of the American School of Valencia in 1980. Since then, ASV has successfully cultivated a spirit of planning and improvement though several seven-year accreditation cycles, ensuring high quality standards in all institutional domains.
The school is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12 (of the American educational system, which is equivalent to 1º and 2º de bachillerato in the Spanish educational system).
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to external examinations. It is designed for motivated high school students in Grades 11 and 12 giving IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities.
The Diploma Program’s grading system is criterion-referenced, which means that each student’s performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement. These are consistent from one examination session to the next and are applied equally to all schools.
The program encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.
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The American School of Valencia is officially registered and authorized to operate as a Centro Extranjero or International School in Spain through the Ministerio de Educación and the Conselleria de Educación of the Generalitat Valenciana. Consequently, the school offers the Spanish national curriculum and the Valencian regional curriculum according to the appropriate educational regulations and grade level expectations.
Students at ASV study Spanish Language, Valencià, Social Studies, European History and Spanish History courses as required in the Spanish curriculum for Preschool, Elementary and High School.
ASV graduates earn the American High School Diploma and the Spanish High School Diploma by a convalidation process. In addition, those students who study the IB Diploma Program and achieve successful IB results will also earn the IB Diploma.
American School of Valencia is affiliated with the following professional educational organizations
Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS).
The Mediterranean Association of International Schools is a professional organization that strives to improve the quality of education in its Member schools. It promotes the professional development of Faculty, Administrators, and School Board Members, effects communication and interchange, and creates international understanding. MAIS serves as a liaison between its 40 Member Schools, 40 Associate Member organizations as well as other regional and professional, and organizations. Presently, MAIS is composed of schools from 17 different countries in Europe and North Africa.
The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)
AAIE is a not-for-profit association of international schools around the world promoting exemplary school leadership and research-based, effective and innovative educational practices. As an autonomous organization, AAIE was legally incorporated in 1966 with a mandate to further and continuously improve international education and cultural understanding across independent overseas schools. AAIE serves a diverse global community providing leadership development across the ever-changing and expanding spectrum of educational programming initiatives and issues.
Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE)
Since 1973, the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), has been a voice for those committed to the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents. With more than 30,000 members representing principals, teachers, central office personnel, professors, college students, parents, community leaders, and educational consultants across the United States, Canada, and 46 other countries, AMLE welcomes and provides support to anyone interested in the health and education of young adolescents. AMLE has a network of 58 affiliate organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia that strengthens the outreach to the regional, state, provincial, and local levels.
European League of Middle Level Educators (ELMLE)
The European League for Middle Level Education (ELMLE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting middle level education. Founded in 1986, ELMLE is an international affiliate of the United States’ Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).
It is dedicated to inspiring administrators and teachers of young adolescents to improve their knowledge and professional practices which promote positive student learning. ELMLE works to improve the educational experiences of all students ages 10 to 15 by providing vision, knowledge, and resources to educators and leaders of schools offering Middle School grade levels.
European Sports Conference (ESC)
The ESC is an association of 11 international schools in Europe that cooperate to organize athletic competitions involving students in Middle and High School.The European Sports Conference aims to provide opportunities for varsity teams in international schools located in Europe to meet in specified tournament activities on a competitive basis. American School of Valencia has been a member of ESC since September 2015.
Principals Training Center (PTC)
The PTC serves the unique professional development needs of practicing and aspiring principals, teachers, counselors and school business leaders in international schools worldwide, providing world class, research-driven practical training, designed to be put into practice in the international school setting.
Asociación de Centros Autónomos de Enseñanza (ACADE)
ACADE (Association of Private Education Institutions), is a business organization founded in 1978 with the aim to defend and promote non-subsidized private education. It represents over 4,000 private educational centers spread throughout Spain.