Beginning the Accreditation Process

After reviewing the ACS WASC Affiliation Conditions of Eligibility, interested schools should complete the ACS WASC Affiliation Application Request and return it to the ACS WASC office. Schools seeking dual joint accreditation should contact the ACS WASC office.

Public, Charter, Private, and Religious Schools

International Schools

Postsecondary Schools (Non-profit, non-degree granting)

Supplementary Education Programs

*Note: the PDF Fill-in Form may not be compatible with Mac computers.

Application Fees

A $160.00 nonrefundable application fee is required and must accompany the completed form. Payment may be made by check or credit card. Completed Request for ACS WASC Affiliation application forms must be received no later than April 30 to schedule a fall visit and no later than September 30 to schedule a spring visit. Initial visits to newly established schools will not occur prior to the second semester of operation, i.e., a spring visit if a school opens in the fall. If you have any questions regarding the accreditation process, please feel free to contact the ACS WASC office.

Credit Card Payment Authorization Processing

The nonrefundable application fee may be paid for by check or by credit card.
ACS WASC Credit Card Payment Authorization Form: Word Doc | PDF

Initial Visit and Notification

On receipt of the forms and approval to proceed, ACS WASC will arrange for a two-member, one- or two-day initial visit to the school. Following the visit, the visiting committee will prepare a report to present to ACS WASC for action. This report will include recommendations regarding the school’s ongoing improvement.

The school will be notified by the executive director of the Commission’s action. If the Commission’s action is favorable, the school will be granted either initial accreditation or candidacy for a period of time not to exceed three years. The Initial Visit Procedures Manuals explain the distinction between initial and candidacy status which is based on the degree to which the school is meeting the ACS WASC criteria.