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Since the foundation of the first Esol Education school in 1976, the organization has worked with leading international accrediting bodies and associations to ensure that Esol schools meet the most rigorous academic standards and are up to date with the latest teaching advancements.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Esol Education schools are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). Recognized by the United States Department of Education, the MSA is among the premier accrediting associations in the world and has been accrediting colleges and schools in the United States for over a century.  Esol Education and MSA have a 30-year relationship and MSA currently accredits eight Esol schools.


Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the U.S. Department of State. ACS WASC provides assistance to schools worldwide, works with 20 associations in joint accreditation processes, and collaborates with other organizations such as the California Department of Education (CDE). Other examples of partnership include working with the International Baccalaureate, the Council of International Schools; the Hawaii Department of Education, and other educational organizations. Esol Education’s American School of Hong Kong, American School of Bahrain, and American University of Bahrain is WASC accredited.

Council of International Schools

Most Esol Education schools are accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). CIS is one of the world’s most widely recognized international accrediting organizations, defining  educational standards, and helping member schools access new international educational practices, gain recognition for accomplishments, attract qualified staff, facilitate student connections with leading universities around the world, and provide a quality international education experience to students and parents.  CIS accredits 6 Esol schools and regularly consults with Esol Education regarding education in the Middle East region.

International Baccalaureate Organization

Most Esol Education schools are authorized IB World Schools offering one or more International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes, including: the Primary Years Program (IB PYP), the Diploma Programme (IB DP) and the Career-related Certificate (IB CC). Along with other IB World Schools, Esol Education shares a common philosophy — a commitment to develop distinctive, high quality programs of international education. Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as IB World Schools can offer any of its programs.

Esol has had a 30-year relationship with the IBO and our schools have graduated more than 1,500 IB students over the years.


Esol Education schools are also affiliated to the following institutions:

Near East and South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA) which strives to maximize student learning for all its member schools by facilitating sustainable and systemic school improvement based on the best practices of American and international education.

Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS) is a professional organization that strives to improve the quality of education in its member schools as well as effect communication and interchange and facilitate international understanding.  Esol's American International School in Cyprus and Universal College - Aley, Lebanon are member schools.

Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)  is committed to the development and advancement of international education and school leadership worldwide.

British Schools in the Middle East  (BSME) was founded over 30 years ago and works with Middle East schools to help share best practices and keep abreast of the latest educational developments through accreditation systems, annual conferences and continuing professional development. BSME also offers the UK government’s voluntary BSO inspection programme created for international British schools.

Founded over 50 years ago, the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is synonymous with excellence in leading and learning. Tapping into their vast network and resources, ECIS provides opportunities for professional development, promoting and supporting the ideals and best practices of international education.

Central and Eastern European Schools Association  (CEESA)  is a collaborative organization that brings together international and American curriculum schools in Europe, helping them advance together through regional workshops, institutes and meetings that foster professionalism, scholarship, and a deeper understanding of improvements for leading, teaching and learning. Esol’s American International School in Cyprus is an active CEESA member, closely involved with their athletic association and professional development activities.

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