Become a Member

Welcome to the Association of Central
European IB Schools

ACES is committed to articulating and promoting high standards of educational quality and ethical behaviour for its members. New members must be unanimously approved by the Board, and are expected to commit themselves to the highest of standards and ethical behaviour in their practices.


Member Schools


European Countries



IB Teaching Staff



IB Students

Criteria of Membership

The school is located in the geographical region of Central Europe.
The school has an appropriate license or other such legal permission to operate, as described by the details in the application, within the host country.
The school is an authorised IB World School in good standing.
The school has a clearly formulated set of objectives and educational philosophy set out in writing.
There is evidence that the school is committed to educational excellence rather than profit. Although it is accepted that all schools be run on a business-like basis, and some schools create a surplus, the quality of education should not be sacrificed as a result of pure profit taking.
The school has provided education for its students for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years prior to the application for membership.
A school in ‘candidate’ status with the IB remains a Prospective Member of ACES until it is fully IB authorised.
The school commits in writing to the ideals captured in the ACES Mission Statement.

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 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.


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.

Application for ACES membership

If you would like your school to become a member of the Association of Central European IB Schools, please provide us with contact information and we will reach out to you.