In 2012, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (PVPHS) was awarded a six-year accreditation status from the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). A six-year accreditation term is the longest term granted by the ACS WASC governing board. Currently, PVPHS is preparing for a WASC Spring 2018 visit.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about ACS WASC.
What is ACS WASC?
Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) accreditation is a process schools use to monitor student learning and set school improvement goals. ACS WASC accreditation is an ongoing cycle of quality. Schools assess their program and the impact on student learning with respect to the ACS WASC criteria and other accreditation factors.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary dual-purpose process that schools (1) must be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning and (2) clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement.
An accredited school is focused on a mission and goals for students; it is student-oriented and examines its students’ performance continuously; it accepts objective evaluation from a team of outside peer professionals trained by ACS WASC; it maintains a qualified faculty within an effectively organized school; it collaboratively assesses the quality of its educational programs on a regular basis; and it plans for the future.
Who benefits from accreditation?
Everyone. ACS WASC accreditation is a school improvement process and therefore is a process that serves as the foundation for quality education. An accredited school is a statement to the broader community and the stakeholders that it is trustworthy institution for student learning and committed to ongoing improvement.