CIA FIRST International School is currently in process to be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The WASC Accrediting Commission for Schools uses research-based criteria centered in three areas:
1) School goal of successful student learning
2) School has a clear purpose and schoolwide student goals
3) School engages in external and internal evaluations as part of continued school improvement to support student learning.
CIA FIRST International School piloted the use of Kindle e-Readers to replace textbooks in our middle school. This pilot proved successful as students generally improved in the following areas:
1) Increased interest in and reading’s time
2) Improved retention of information read (because with an electronic devise it is easy to highlight key information, conduct a fast key word search, and sometimes even play the text in audio)
3) Higher test scores and grades.
Additionally, utilization of these devices reduces book costs, is easier to carry than multiple books (resulting in students being able to essentially carry an entire library with them wherever they go), and it is environmentally friendly (reducing paper use). CIA FIRST International School will broaden this innovation by introducing e-learning devices to all students grade 6 and higher beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
New State-of-the-Art Campus
CIA FIRST International School has broken ground on a new school campus 800 meters from the CIA FIRST campus. This new campus will integrate modern facility designs with state-of-the-art technologies; and will also feature a full size gymnasium, 25 meter pool, and high technology capability in every classroom. Additionally, the new campus will help to reduce the space limitations currently experienced at CIA FIRST International School as a result of the school’s rapidly growing enrollment.