Initial Visit Process and Procedures

Initial visit procedures are provided below.

California Public and Charter Schools

Private and Religious Schools

International Schools

Pacific Islands Schools

Non-profit, non-degree granting Postsecondary Schools

Supplementary Education Centers/Programs

Initial Visit School Description Report

The Initial Visit School Description template will be provided once it is determined that a school or program may be eligible for affiliation with ACS WASC; this form is NOT available on the ACS WASC website.

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 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 Manual details the distinction between initial and candidacy status which is based on the degree to which the school is meeting the ACS WASC criteria.