Members of the ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States) accreditation team visited the first ever ISACS’ expansion school for the groundbreaking task of reviewing the school for official accreditation. Never before had ISACS (a regional group within the National Association of Independent Schools or NAIS) conducted a school review outside of the U.S. The team was comprised of educators and administrators from both U.S. and international schools. Their destination was Beijing, China where the Shattuck-St. Mary’s-Beijing-Bayi School is in its second year of operation with 120 students in grades 10 and 11. The school, also known as SSM-Bayi, is the first expansion effort by Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota. Students attending SSM-Bayi receive a dual diploma when they graduate from Shattuck-St. Mary’s and Beijing-Bayi School. The first class to graduate from SSM-Bayi will be in 2016.
ISACS accreditation teams visit all member schools on a rotating basis to evaluate how closely the schools are following their stated mission and how as schools they are functioning in general. The reports from Beijing were very positive. Under the leadership of Shattuck-St. Mary’s President Nick Stoneman, Chief Operating Officer Patty Travers, and SSM-Bayi Head of School Roy Bergeson, SSM-Bayi has paved the way for future expansion campuses not only under the Shattuck-St. Mary’s umbrella but other independent schools as well.