Since the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year, Pierce – The American College of Greece, with the guidance of College Advisor Ms. Kathleen Macdonell, has started the certification process of our school by the Middle States Association – Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) in the USA by submitting all of the data required to describe its operation. At the beginning of October, an online visit – evaluation was conducted by Associate Vice President of MSA, Dr. Priscilla Feir. On October 13, the organization determined that our school fulfills all of its criteria and has therefore become a candidate for school certification!
The next step in the process “Designing our Future” is self-study. In this phase, the contribution of Pierce teachers, parents and students, by setting targets, completing questionnaires, participating in committees and submitting the required applications, will be invaluable. A visit by the evaluation team will follow, at which they will finalize Pierce’s certification.
We have the reassurance that, although this process usually takes 2 to 6 years, for Pierce it will have been completed, by exception, in the space of 18 months. This makes all of us – the President, the members of the Administration and the Directors, and all of the Teachers, truly proud because it highlights the strength of the faculty, the excellent collaboration among all stakeholders (Administration, Teachers, Parents and Students) and the expansion of the school’s educational programs. Finally, the certification reinforces our common underlying goal, which is to form well-rounded personalities, successful response and adaptation to the international reality and the fullest preparation of teachers and students to face the challenges of the future.
For over 125 years, the MSA organization, one of the top in the world, has certified, advised and guided 2,600 educational institutions in 112 countries around the world to achieve their goals, formulate strategic plans and train members of faculty.
MSA evaluates schools overall in areas such as: achievement of the institution’s mission, the role of the leadership team, the implementation of strategic plans, the improvement and better utilization of facilities, the organization of the institution and its support services, the protection of the health of all members of the community, academic programs and extra-curricular activities, opportunities for teacher and student development and distinction, forms of evaluation, IT applications, etc.
Through certification, Pierce teachers will have opportunities to take part in international activities, conferences, training programs while, at the same time, the College’s international horizons are broadened, good practices are adopted and relationships and educational contacts with school networks abroad are developed.
In the near future, the admission of Pierce into another two international educational organizations has been set in motion. These are NESA (Near East and Southeast Asia Council of Overseas Schools) and NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).