The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools recently recognized the American School of Dubai for its Program of Distinction in Service Learning and Mt. Lebanon High School for its Program of Distinction in Visual Arts.
The Middle States Programs of Distinction initiative provides external validation of an accredited school’s accomplishments in specific areas of expertise and enables schools to take accreditation to the next level.
The Service Learning Program of Distinction recognizes schools that support broad-based inclusion of experiential learning through the application of higher order problem solving skills to address real life concerns.
“Service learning is integral to our school’s mission and core values,” said American School of Dubai Superintendent Paul Richards, Ed.D. “Whether giving voice to the voiceless, engaging in the school garden, participating in school-related sustainable change, supporting local community partners, or becoming involved in meaningful conversations around global issues, our students have the opportunity to develop the critical consciousness necessary for informed action and contribution in a rapidly changing world.”
The Visual Arts Program of Distinction recognizes schools where visual art is seen as an essential component in the social and cultural fiber of all societies now, in the past, and in the future.
“We are proud to be recognized by Middle States for our commitment to visual arts,” said Mt. Lebanon High School Principal Joel Thompson. “Our visual arts programs help students develop their talent and teach them how to work cooperatively, apply problem solving skills, show responsibility for their own learning, and applying critical thinking skills.”
The Programs of Distinction review process helps already accredited schools identify strengths and areas for growth and provides inspiration and recommendations for attaining a high-quality program. MSA accredited schools are eligible to apply for Program of Distinction recognition for outstanding programs in Global Literacies, World Languages, Visual Arts, Music, Early Childhood Education, Service Learning, School Counseling and STEM.
To learn more about the Middle States Programs of Distinction initiative or to apply, click (here).