BILIM ORDA International Social Foundation
As a parent organisation, BILIM ORDA (formerly known as KATEV) coordinates the operation of a network of over thirty secondary schools and a university all over Kazakhstan. Established in 1997, BILIM ORDA has served to support the functioning of aforementioned institutions since then. The mission of BILIM ORDA is to bring up knowledgeable and multilingual young people who can contribute to the development of their country in a competitive world and preservation their national values. Beyond the academic and pastoral support, the Foundation implements rigorous quality assurances of the institutions affiliated with it. For more information regarding BILIM ORDA, please visit their website at www.katev.kz.
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
Spectrum became a Cambridge International School in September 2011 and, thus, being authorized to formally offer Cambridge IGCSE and A/AS Level programmes and qualifications to its students. Several months later Spectrum was also registered as a Cambridge Primary School that enabled the school to deliver Cambridge Primary and Secondary 1 programmes and qualifications including Primary and Secondary Checkpoints.
CIE is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. It is part of the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s top universities and trusted for excellence in education. Cambridge qualifications are taken in over 160 countries and are recognised by the world’s universities and employers. For more information, please visit www.cie.org.uk.
Council of International Schools (CIS)
Spectrum is accredited by CIS and the status of CIS Accreditation confers an international recognition to stakeholders all over the world. The status of international accreditation demonstrates a school’s commitment to high quality international education to the school community as well as to the outside world: prospective families, educational leaders and teachers as well as universities, embassies, other government departments, and global companies and organisations. Additional information could be obtained at www.cois.org.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Spectrum has applied to undertake a rigorous accreditation process from NEASC that will be jointly conducted by CIS. At the moment the school has been granted candidacy for NEASC Accreditation. Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association. It serves over 1899 public and independent schools, post-secondary institutions (universities and colleges) in the six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It also serves over 220 American and International Schools in 68 countries. Please visit www.neasc.org for more detailed information about NEASC.
The Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS)
Spectrum International School has also been granted a Premium Membership of ECIS. ECIS is an association of international schools founded in 1965 with headquarters in London, UK. The primary service of ECIS is professional development for international educators, including conferences, workshops, online learning, the International Teacher Certificate, the Sustainable International School Governance Programme, and consultancy services. The official website of ECIS is www.ecis.org.
Cambridge English Language Assessment
In the summer of 2015 the School became an Authorised Centre for Cambridge English Language Assessment which means the School can offer internationally renowned English language exams such as Cambridge English: Starters, Movers, Flyers, Key for Schools, Preliminary for Schools, First for Schools, Advanced and Teaching Knowledge Tests to its students and local community. For further queries about Cambridge English exams, please visit www.cambridgeenglish.org.
SAT Test Center
Spectrum International School has been approved to officially offer SAT tests beginning from March 2018 onward. It is a great opportunity that enables our students benefit from familiar surroundings and easy access. The SAT is administered at designated test centers throughout the world. They vary in size, setting, and the test dates for which they are open.
The SAT is administered by College Board in the United States and is developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). College Board is an American non-profit organization that was formed as the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) to expand access to higher education. College Board develops and administers standardized tests and curricula used by K–12 and post-secondary education institutions to promote college-readiness and as part of the college admissions process. For more information, please visit www.collegeboard.org
Recognition by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Since the very beginning, Spectrum has been recognised and authorised by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan as a non-profit educational institution of learning established for the purpose of creating a new educational model in the sphere of secondary general education in the Republic of Kazakhstan in line with the national and international educational standards.
Later in 2014, the school was among one of the first international schools in the country to be awarded the special status known as ‘the status of international school’ that enables the school with numerous opportunities for the benefit of student body and effective school operation.
Official website of the Ministry is www.edu.gov.kz.