International Schools

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The Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC, is pleased to be working with international schools to provide evaluation and accreditation services. ACS WASC accreditation is an ongoing cycle of quality whereby schools demonstrate the capacity, commitment, and competence to support high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement. The ACS WASC Focus on Learning protocol guides schools into an ongoing improvement process that includes implementation, assessment, and refinement of the schoolwide action plan on an annual basis. Appropriate reports and reviews throughout the cycle of accreditation support this process. ACS WASC works closely with the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) in the East Asia region.

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Getting Started

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

Completed International School Applications with required appendices must be received by February 1 to schedule a fall visit and by September 1 to schedule a spring visit. Initial visits to newly established schools can not occur prior to the second semester of operation. If you have any questions regarding the accreditation process, please feel free to contact the ACS WASC office.

A $500 nonrefundable application fee is required and must accompany the completed ACS WASC Application. Payment may be made by check or PayPal. International schools may also pay by wire transfer. Checks should be made out to the Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC. Checks should be mailed to ACS WASC, 533 Airport Boulevard, Suite 200, Burlingame, CA 94010.

ACS WASC PayPal Payment Instructions

International schools should contact the ACS WASC Business Office for wire transfer instructions.

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.


Self-Study School Materials

ACS WASC Focus on Learning, 2017 International Edition

ACS WASC 2017 International Edition Self-Study School Report Template: Word Doc Template | Google Drive (Docs) Template
Each category of Chapter III is also available as a separate Word or Google Docs template.
Chapter III:
Category A
: Word Doc Template | Google Drive (Docs) Template
Category B: Word Doc Template | Google Drive (Docs) Template
Category C: Word Doc Template | Google Drive (Docs) Template
Category D: Word Doc Template | Google Drive (Docs) Template
Boarding Program: Word Doc Template | Google Drive (Docs) Template

NOTE: In order to use Google Drive templates, you should make a copy of it in your Google Drive. The file can then be renamed and shared with your team. Click here for detailed information about using Google Drive templates.

Self-Study Visiting Committee Materials

ACS WASC Focus on Learning, 2017 International Edition

Visiting Committee Chair and Member Checklists

NEW Virtual Visit Information for the 2020-21 School Year

NOTE: Until further notice, self-study visits for the 2020-21 school year will be held virtually. Please see virtual visit information and guidelines below.

Visiting Committee Templates

Evaluation Forms

  • Evaluation forms are now emailed to principals, chairs, and members.

References and Samples

Reference Cards

  • Reference Card 1: Procedures/Responsibilities of Visiting Committee Members
  • Reference Card 2: Tips: Gathering, Reviewing, Analyzing Data/Information
  • Reference Card 3: ACS WASC Focus on Learning Schoolwide Criteria for International Schools
  • Reference Card 4: ACS WASC Focus on Learning Visiting Committee Report Format for International Schools
  • Reference Card 5: ACS WASC Focus on Learning Accreditation Status Determination for International Schools
  • Reference Card 6: ACS WASC Criteria Concepts for International Schools

Other Visits and Report Materials

School Materials

Most international schools follow the same procedures, dependent upon the accreditation status that they have received. Appropriate information can be found in the following documents.

Visiting Committee Materials


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