School News Roundup Keystone Welcomed WASC Associate Executive Director 9 September 2013: Dr. Marilyn S. George from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) met with the Keystone Leadership Team and discussed Keystone’s bilingual immersion and residential programs and the Academy’s cutting-edge curriculum model. Her praise for such a bold initiative in China was encouraging to the team, “…What strikes me is that graduates from your school will also be able to share their Chinese cultural heritage and really be a part of our concept of the ‘bridge’…they will be globally competent to share different cultures, values, and experiences – not just at a world-wide level, but also at the personal, interactive-level.” Head of School Spoke at Hurun Event 12 September 2013: At the prestigious Hurun Report launch event, Founding Head of School, Malcolm McKenzie, delivered a speech. He spoke about the educational philosophy of elite-U.S. boarding schools and how to implement that philosophy in China. The launch of the Hurun Schools Guide – list of schools in the U.S. – was the ideal platform to juxtapose the Keystone model as a compelling option for Chinese parents and students as it brings the Chinese, American and international educational traditions into one unique school. 72 The Keystone Magazine WASC, a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States, works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the U.S. Department of State. The Accrediting Commission has been working with international schools, particularly in Asia, since the late 1960s and collaborates with many foreign ministries of education. Keystone has begun the process of applying for a WASC accreditation.