At a celebration dinner in Dalian, Dr. Annette Bohling, Chief Accrediting Officer and Vice President of AdvancED, presented Dr. Sherman Jen, Chair and CEO of Maple Leaf Educational Systems, with AdvancED School Accreditation Certificates for all Maple Leaf Elementary (grades 1-6) and middle schools (grades 7-9). These Maple Leaf schools have now joined all the Maple Leaf high schools as accredited schools under Maple Leaf Educational Systems corporate systems accreditation. AdvancED’s standards and continuous improvement assessment tools have been translated into Mandarin for use also by non-English speaking teachers in Maple Leaf’s Chinese program elementary and middle schools.
AdvancED is USA based and it is the largest education accrediting body in the world, accrediting more than 32,000 schools involving more than 20 million students in many countries. Its accreditation incorporates accreditation from three USA accreditation commissions:
- North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA) Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWAC) Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
- Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS) Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
Dr. Jen stated in his speech at the celebration dinner, “It is a great honour for me to receive these 49 AdvancED School Accreditation Certificates for all our elementary and middle schools. Under Maple Leaf’s corporate systems AdvancED accreditation all 70 of our elementary, middle, foreign nationals and high schools in China and other countries are now accredited!” James Beeke, Maple Leaf Superintendent of Global Education added, “This marks a significant step forward for Maple Leaf as a System and it will enhance our alignment and working together from grade 1 through 12.”