In 2009, we received a three-year accreditation with a three year review from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This year WASC is returning to validate our efforts on students success.
Listed below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the WASC process:
What is WASC?
WASC is the acronym for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This organization, which is located in Burlingame, grants accreditation for all the high schools and colleges in the western region of the United States.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary process whereby a school conducts a self study which reviews how effective its academic programs and support services are for all students. A review team of educators visits the school and helps the school identify the school strengths and areas for growth. The school is evaluated on: 1) how well the entire school, parents/guardians, and community is involved in the assessment of the instructional programs; and 2) how well the criteria questions have been met. The maximum term of accreditation is six years.
Why is accreditation important for a school?
The accreditation process guarantees or validates the integrity and quality of the school’s instructional program and the students’ transcripts. Accreditation also:
1. encourages excellence and ongoing improvement in the schools;
2. helps a school to decide which areas are priority for improvement (areas of strength and areas for growth);
3. determines how well students meet expected school wide learning results identified as important for all students.