Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) is a world-renowned accrediting association. WASC is a voluntary dual-purpose process for schools to demonstrate that they provide high-quality learning and model continual self-improvement.
What does WASC accreditation mean for a school?
WASC accreditation means a school is focused on setting a mission and goals for its learners. The school is student-oriented and examines student performance continuously, accepting objective evaluation from a team of outside peer professionals trained by ACS WASC. The school also maintains a qualified faculty within an effectively organized school, and it collaboratively assesses the quality of its educational programs regularly, making plans for the future.
Why is accreditation important?
- Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program and that it is a trustworthy institution for student learning.
- Validates the integrity of the school’s program and transcripts.
- Facilitates the transfer of credits to other English-speaking schools, which is critical for college/university acceptance worldwide.
- Fosters the ongoing improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning.
- Provides valuable insight from fellow educators visiting the school.
- It benefits schools that choose joint accreditation or other collaborative processes, such as ACS WASC/CDE.