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Accreditation Preparatory Visit Report (November 2020)


Seisen is, in the estimation of the evaluators, a very impressive school, with a great deal to be proud of.

In November 2020 Seisen International School took part in a "Preparatory Visit for Accreditation" with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). This visit continues the cycle from our re-accreditation in 2017 and helps us improve prior to our next visit in 2022. Below are excerpts from the Preparatory Report.

Conclusions - Preparatory Evaluation

Evaluators commentaries 

This preparatory evaluation was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many schools had enacted on-line learning and teaching, maintaining contact with their students and continuing their education. As conditions improved in individual countries, some schools were able to return to on-site lessons, though under considerably changed circumstances of health and campus access. Even when conditions improved within the country of a CIS school, travel to and from the country was often severely restricted or forbidden, making in-person accreditation visits untenable. CIS offered Seisen International School the opportunity to conduct a virtual preparatory visit to maintain its journey towards re-accreditation. The CIS School Support and Evaluation Officer, based in Los Angeles, and the NEASC peer evaluator, situated in Beijing, conducted meetings and lesson visits virtually. The visit took place successfully in November 2020. The school had shifted to remote (online) lessons last spring, when the pandemic hit Japan, but has reopened this fall with most of its students coming to school for in-person classes. Discussions were held with all stakeholders. The school arranged effective remote observation of in-class lessons which, coupled with pre-recorded remote instructional lessons, as well as of recorded videos of the school campus, allowed the evaluators to gain a reasonably broad perspective of the school.


CIS is pleased to inform you that Seisen International School has been granted candidate status for CIS Re-Accreditation.
Congratulations go to you and your school community on this achievement.


Seisen is, in the estimation of the evaluators, a very impressive school, with a great deal to be proud of. The school community is powerfully guided by a set of statements of purpose that are drawn from both the school’s mission and the founding religious order’s beliefs, providing a clear identity for the school and direction for its strategic and operational decisions. To its great credit, Seisen implements these religious beliefs in an ecumenical manner reflecting the universal nature of human rights. The school’s values are captured in integrated profiles for students, staff, and parents, ensuring a shared understanding of expectations of behavior and aspiration. The school’s commitment to global citizenship is strong, as evidenced by the recent funding of a coordinator for global mindedness and intercultural competence. The care and well-being of students, staff, and parents pervades the school culture, with a commendable foundation of child safeguarding policies and practices, and an effective curricular program of personal, social, and emotional health for students. In keeping with its guiding statements, SIS has developed an instructional culture that stresses holistic student development (not just academic results). The school’s duty of care also extends to staff, with a well-crafted set of human resources documents and procedures, especially those relating to staffing of all positions. The result is a tangibly positive atmosphere of respect and support throughout the campus, which was widely observed as a happy place. Although the campus is aging, the school leadership continually addresses renovation and upgrade, all the while looking for more substantial long-term solutions for space limitations. Safety is a high priority, and the school effectively employs numerous and varied avenues of communication between and among students, staff, and parents.


The school took the recommendations of the most recent accreditation visit in 2017 very seriously, addressing many in a detailed and professional manner before this preparatory evaluation visit. These enhancements in recent years included expansion of the IB program, curriculum review, long-range financial planning, health and safety enhancements, and school climate. Without a doubt, Seisen approaches the accreditation process as a genuine opportunity for self-improvement.


In conclusion, the evaluators were notably struck by Seisen’s community culture, strength of purpose and direction, and commitment to self-reflection and continual improvement, the latter highly evident in the school’s professional and comprehensive approach to improved documentation of policies and practices in all areas of the school. CIS would like to thank Colette Rogers, the head of school, the senior leadership team of division principals, and especially Janet Fuentes, Administrative Assistant and Support Center Lead, for ensuring the visit went smoothly and efficiently under highly unusual circumstances of COVID-19. CIS offers further thanks to the students, staff and parents who were generous in their time and honest in their answers to the many questions posed. CIS also wishes the school well as it prepares for this exciting next step in the accreditation process.


Rick Spradling

CIS International Liaison Officer 

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Artwork by Marina Ohtsuka-Lee of Seisen International School

Friends and Family around the world were able to experience each of our virtual Christmas Concerts from the safety of their homes.

Over the last two weeks we have been treated to four virtual Christmas Concerts. We have placed them all together in this post so that you can enjoy the hours of Christmas music from our talented students. 

Please feel free to share these videos with friends and family. 

**Did you know that you can share a Youtube video from the exact time your child is featured?**

  1. Play the video
  2. Move to the point you want to highlight
  3. Select "Share"
  4. Check the box that says "Start at___"

Enjoy the shows!

Kindergarten

View on Youtube: https://youtu.be/r1pesnH09mo

Elementary

View on Youtube: https://youtu.be/BZ-5COE0mBk

 

We would like to thank the staff at St. Mary's for their amazing work to assemble these two virtual concerts for Coral and Instrumental.

Middle and High School Choral

View on Youtube: https://youtu.be/yxgmR1w4Yoo

Middle and High School Instrumental

View on Youtube: https://youtu.be/muxNb6Lkxes

 

BONUS: "Love is Everything" from 2018 by the 5/6 SASA Dance Group

https://youtu.be/5bf0kPZivuU

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Mr. Shinoharu Tatekawa Brings His Stories  Back To Seisen

With just a folding fan, a handkerchief and a cushion Rakugo performer Shinoharu Tatekawa took students to many places, as many people.

Mr.Shinoharu Tatekawa performed Rakugo (Japanese traditional comic storytelling) for all HS and MS students on November 3rd. https://shinoharu.com/

Due to COVID restrictions, we were not able to run our usual whole-day Japanese Culture Day event. But even under our new-normal, we enjoyed the culture of Japan through his great performance. 

 

Shinoharu Tatekawa at Seisen

Seisen families can view photos of the performance taken by the Yearbook photographers on the "Photo Galleries" page of the website portal.

 http://www.seisen.com/student-portal/photo-galleries


The Rakugo performance was in the gym with a limited number of students, keeping in mind our social distancing, ventilation, and other safety measures. We will like to thank Mr.Tatekawa for performing three times to follow our safety protocol.

Mr. Tatekawa explained to students how he began in Rakugo, and the building blocks of his craft.


If you are interested in his performance, please check his Youtube channel. 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaROWsReXkSJbb1qncPlhzA


Modern Language Department (Japanese Teachers)

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