CITA Accreditation, SGVP ( 14 to 19 Dec-2008)

In an unprecedented event, SGVP International School became the first educational institute in the nation to receive the coveted accreditation from the American Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) for its excellence in academic performance for a second five-year term. It also validated the institute status as a world class institute among 350 schools in 120 countries. SGVP also carries a seal of approval from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. In the USA alone, there are over 25,000 schools and colleges under the jurisdiction of CITA and SACS. The SGVP offers ICSE and Cambridge courses and assists students in AIEEE, GujCET, PMT, SAT and TOEFL examinations.

The performance was evaluated against seven critical standards ranging from teaching methodologies, qualifications of educators and community participation to health, hygiene and safety factors.

CITA specially noted the balanced program of study, sports and spirituality. The school has complete range of classes from Junior Kindergarten all the way up to standard 12 on an environmentally friendly campus. It also includes five-star hostel & dining facilities accommodating over 450 students and international size sports complex comprising football, cricket, basketball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, gymnasium etc. SGVP also has horse-riding and roller skating training in its curriculum. Yoga and ethical value education form part of SGVP program.

The crowning achievement was a “first-ever-in-the-world” accolade of winning this prestigious quality accreditation by Darshanam Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya (DSM), a Sanskrit school, co-located on the SGVP campus, offering studies from 8th standard up to Bachelors and Masters Degrees. It is affiliated with SSC-HSC Gujarat State Board and Shree Somnath Sanskrit University. The CITA assessment team included experts of Sanskrit from the USA and Canada to provide necessary language background during the visit.

DSM embarked on the year-long accreditation process to confirm the world-class status by establishing and enhancing its continuous quality school improvement plan.

The DSM specialization courses include Scriptural knowledge, Governance and Leadership, studies of Vedas, Upanishads, Temple management, Vyakarana, Nyaya etc. It also provides opportunities for research in many fields.

CITA team was led by the distinguished educationist DR. Randy Sinisi who is the CEO & Executive Director of CITA. She was accompanied by Dr. Donald Enz, Arizona State Director and Superintendent of schools of the state. The other distinguished member was Dr. Tirupalavanam Ganesh, the Dean of Arizona State University. The interpretation was assisted by Dr. Ravindra Trivedi, the CEO of RT & Triair enterprises, Canada. His Holiness Madhavpriyadasji is the Chairman of SGVP.

Congratulations would be in order to DSM for being the first in the world Sanskrit school to win the CITA five-year accreditation and to SGVP for the unprecedented re-accreditation from CITA, SACS and now the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS) of USA.

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