Why Accreditation

  • Certification to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning
  • Validates the integrity of a school’s program and student transcripts
  • Fosters improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning
  • Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program
  • A way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment
  • Assists a school/district in establishing its priority areas for improvement as a result of the perpetual accreditation cycle that includes
    • School self-assessment of the current educational program for students
    • Insight and perspective from the visiting committee
    • Regular school staff assessment of progress through the intervening years between full self-studies.

Below are additional examples with respect to accreditation:

  • In December 2002 UC faculty approved a policy that requires all California public and private high schools to be ACS WASC-accredited (or a candidate for accreditation) in order to establish and/or maintain an “a-g” course list.
  • Accreditation is required with respect to the Cal Grants.
  • The ACS WASC/CDE (California Department of Education) process serves as the basis for the Single Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Colleges and universities examine transcripts to determine if the students have attended accredited institutions.
  • Teachers will not receive credit for the years during which they taught at a non-accredited school by many schools/districts nationwide. ACS WASC receive calls from school personnel who are recruiting applicants for teaching positions with respect to their prior schools of employment.
  • Military recruiters expect the applicants to be from accredited schools.
  • Many districts have policies to accept credits only from ACS WASC-accredited schools or schools accredited by other regionals with which ACS WASC has reciprocal agreements.