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While our little ones and young adults slip in a few more hours of sleep before the big start date, our teachers and administrators are back in action, making sure everything is ready to welcome in the new school year. We hope the summer weeks have brought you some rest, even if it was just enjoying a slight change of pace and some relief from the Santo Domingo traffic jams.
We also hope that you are equally as enthusiastic as we are about seeing the final product of the upgrades that we have made around school to make the environment even more welcoming and enjoyable. Improvements have been made in the preschool classrooms and South Building in general, outdoor areas have been expanded and refurbished, additional cameras and security measures have been added to several areas, an iPad management system is being installed, and secondary classrooms will be sporting new computers among other enhancements.
We also want to take this opportunity to let our Ashton family know that we were recently blessed to receive two recognitions; one from a local group, Grupo Cerca- Mercados & Tendencias and another from our international accrediting body, AdvancED/SACS. After responding to Mercados & Tendencias’s request to participate in a study of the top most innovative schools, we were selected as one of the top five schools, in particular for the impact that our Parent Book Club has had. Moreover, the last school year marked the two-year period to submit an Accreditation Progress Report to AdvancED/SACS to demonstrate additional improvement efforts following the External Review which took place in 2015. We are extremely pleased to report that AdvancED/SACS recognized our extensive and focused work on becoming a more data-informed school, increasing our Index of Educational Quality (IEQ) score to an even greater level of 315 in comparison to the 282.79 average of all worldwide accreditation visits carried out the year of our visit.
|Ashton’s Overall Scores||AdvancED Network Average in 2015 (External Review Year)|
|Teaching & Learning Impact||308||274.14|
We feel greatly blessed and want to first and foremost recognize that God’s grace has been upon us. We are also extremely grateful to our teachers and administrators for maintaining a solid commitment to excellence as reiterated by AdvancED/SACS in this recent report. We are also very cognizant of the fact that we owe much of our success to the trust that we have from you, our Ashton parents and our children.
Despite all of this outstanding news, we come before you with a humble and willing heart to be used by God to do our part to Inspire Minds and Transform Hearts at this school that we love so much. Thank you once again for entrusting your children to us.
We wish you all the best for this new school year!