What Is WASC?

WASCThe 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?

A WASC-accredited 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 on a regular basis, making plans for the future.

Why is accreditation important?

WASC Accreditation:

  • Ensures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and accomplished through a viable educational program and that it is a trustworthy institution for 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 learning.
  • Provides valuable insight from fellow educators visiting the school.
  • Benefits schools that choose joint accreditation or other collaborative processes, such as ACS WASC/CDE.

How can I see if my school is WASC accredited?

For general inquiries, visit acswasc.org.

To find iLEAD Antelope Valley (a program of iLEAD Hybrid Charter), visit directory.acswasc.org and search for iLEAD Hybrid Charter School.