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 Hybrid Antelope Valley (a program of iLEAD Hybrid Charter), visit directory.acswasc.org.