First School Accreditation Under the New IMC Accreditation
In April, a team of four set out to do an onsite visit at Oneness Family School. The school is set in the Chevy Chase area of Bethesda, Maryland. This visit was rather special, as it was to be the first onsite visit for the new accreditation format that we are piloting at the moment. Not only did the onsite team have to validate that the school's self-study met the standards of the IMC pilot phase accreditation, but we also had to evaluate how the pilot phase of the accreditation measured up to the standards that the IMC has set for accreditation.
As we are still in the pilot phase of our new accreditation format, the Oneness Family School knew they were the first guinea pigs in our pilot phase; Andrew Kutt, the founder and Head of School, is an IMC trustee - the first schools to go through the pilot phase are trustee schools. Our onsite team consisted of Tim Seldin, Kathy Leitch, Tanya Ryskind and myself. We purposely chose this team so that we could critically look at the inner workings of our accreditation format, but also so that we could give very focused attention to the school as teams always do during onsite visits.
Our Oneness Family School hosts could not have been more accommodating and gracious. The school went out of its way to work with our team and we all commented that being onsite team validators is the best volunteer job one could have. After many long hours the team was able to write and then deliver the oral exit report. This was then used as a base for a more detailed written report which was sent to the IMC commissioners who are charged with the vote.
We are thrilled to announce that Oneness Family School is the first school to achieve accreditation under the IMC's new accreditation format. We have several schools in process within the pilot phase and as this article is being written, we are doing more updates to the documentation to make the experience for schools even more user-friendly. We are all very excited that we are moving forward towards finalizing the new accreditation format.