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Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC

ACS WASC accredits K-12 schools and non-degree granting postsecondary institutions

Accrediting Commission for Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
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.

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  • ACS WASC has aligned with the iNACOL Standards that are also used by the University of California in the evaluation of online a-g courses. UC requires all online courses to be assessed against the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses before the courses are submitted to UC for "a-g" review. ACS WASC is in the process of integrating the iNACOL standards with the ACS WASC criteria and indicators in all aspects of the accreditation process.
  • UC Riverside Extension Accreditation Class, Data-Driven Self-Analysis of School Performance, April 25 and May 2, 2015. Click here for more information.
  • The 2015-2016 ACS WASC Fee Schedules are now available on the ACS WASC Fees webpage.
  • ACS WASC would like to welcome new employee Ms. Beni Malla to the ACS WASC Business/Accounting Department. She will be working with ACS WASC Business Manager Albert Chan.
  • 2014–2015 ACS WASC Words: Read our latest ACS WASC newsletter to learn the latest news about the ACS WASC organization.
  • Cerro Villa becomes first ACS WASC Accredited Comprehensive Public Middle School in Orange County. Read more.
  • Recently Appointed ACS WASC Commissioners: ACS WASC announces the appointment of three ACS WASC Commissioners. For additional information click here.
  • Effective July 2012, ACS WASC has adopted a new approach to grant accreditation status. We believe the focus on status, rather than terms, will better support high-quality learning for all students as well as the achievement of each school's improvement needs. The ACS WASC Accreditation Status Explanation includes the new ballot for Visiting Committees as well as explanations for the new status options.
    Your school's ACS WASC accreditation code is available on our website.
    Click here to access the Directory of Schools webpage. Find your school, then double click on your school's name. The ACS WASC code will be listed immediately below your school's grade span.
  • ACS WASC Website Survey: We would appreciate your feedback; please click here to take ACS WASC Website survey.
  • Self-Study Full Visits California (only) Visiting Committee expenses are now reimbursed directly by the visited school.
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