Principles of membership for ACES Schools

ACES is committed to articulating and promoting high standards of educational quality and ethical behaviour for its members. Members are expected to commit themselves to the same high standards and ethical behaviour in their practices.

Integrity of the school

A school should meticulously carry out the promises and contracts made with any person, school, organization or the general public.
A school must not make misleading or ambiguous statements about its work, situation or status.
A school must not engage in unethical professional conduct when representing the work of other ACES organisations.
A school should respect normally accepted conventions regarding confidentiality.

Transfer and Enrolment of students

The rights of a student and his/her parents to visit and consider schools other than that which the student is presently attending are recognised, as is the right of such other schools to hold preliminary discussions about possible admission without notifying the school of current attendance. However, a school should not itself knowingly initiate an attempt to enrol a student currently enrolled elsewhere.
A school’s most important consideration in enrolling a new student shall be the welfare of that student.
A school will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, colour and ethnic origin or sexual orientation.
School representatives should speak accurately and comprehensively about the strengths of their own institution and not allege weaknesses, or other characteristics, in other schools whether it be verbally or in written publications.

Recruitment Practices

The right of a person to visit and to consider employment in a school other than that in which he/she is currently employed without notifying the current employer should be respected.
The right of a school to hold preliminary discussions about possible employment with a teacher employed in another school without notifying such other school should also be respected.
No schools should attempt to influence a person to break a contract already signed with another school.
The school discloses all information that is necessary for the candidate to make a well-informed decision.
The school head pursues all available measures to ensure that relevant background information is collected prior to appointment.

Employment Practices

The performance of professional personnel should be subject to regular evaluation, formal or informal, by the School Head or his/her designated representatives.
The performance of the School Head should be subject to regular evaluation, formal or informal, by the Board or the owner of the school.
The School Head has the delegated authority to ensure that the ACES beliefs and values are adhered to.
When asked directly, the School Head ensures full and open disclosure of any concerns that would impact child protection.
Each school should have an established procedure for dealing with claims by a teacher of unjust treatment or violation of his/her individual rights.
The teacher serves his school inside and outside the classroom in a manner established by the individual school and consistent with the responsibilities of a professional educator.
The teacher, as an employee of the school, represents it in all ways positively and enthusiastically within the school community and to the greater public.