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WASC Accreditiation


Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. The Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC, extends its services to over 4,500 public, independent, church-related, and proprietary pre-K–12 and adult schools, works with 16 associations in joint accreditation processes, and collaborates with other educational organizations.


The ACS WASC accreditation process fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, and adult education by encouraging school improvement. WASC accreditation recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria


The Purpose of Accreditation

The process developed by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), involves a dual purpose that continues the expectation that schools must be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high quality learning opportunities, but with the added requirement that they clearly demonstrate that they are about the critical business of continual self-improvement.

Ultimately, the accreditation process is all about fostering excellence in the elementary, secondary, adult, postsecondary and supplementary education programs we accredit. Our fundamental cause involves helping schools meaningfully create the highest quality learning experience they can envision for all students. It is ACS WASC's consistent purpose to professionally support schools in creating for themselves a clear vision of what they desire their students to know and be able to do and then to ensure that efficient and relevant systems are in place that predictably result in the fulfillment of those expectations for every child.

The capacity of any organization to improve is directly related to its ability to recognize, acknowledge, and act on its identified strengths and limitations. The accreditation process is a vehicle that enables schools to improve student learning and school performance based on an analysis of those strengths and limitations. Participating schools must meet rigorous, research-based standards that reflect the essential elements of a quality and effective school, but again, must also be able to demonstrate engagement in as well as capacity to provide continuous school improvement.


Accreditation Visit – March 2015

Abram Friedman OC

Visiting Committee Members:


Mrs. Julie E. Dentler

Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction

North Orange County Regional Occupational Program



Dr. Melinda A. Connor

High School Diploma Program Teacher/Coordinator

Compton Adult School



Ms. Teri Friend


Huntington Beach Adult School



Mr. Jerry D. King

Assistant Principal

Paramount Adult School



Ms. Esther Lomeli


Montebello Adult Schools



Mr. Steve Niemeyer

Manager, Chula Vista