Posted by: resparish | February 22, 2009

School WASC Accreditation Visit

For the past fifteen months, the school community has been working on the school’s self-study in anticipation of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation (WASC) review. What is WASC? The Western Association of Schools and Colleges is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. Within the state of California all secondary schools (high schools) must be accredited by WASC in order for the UC schools to accept students with valid units. At the elementary level, all schools, both public and private, should be accredited by WASC to ensure that the school’s purposes are appropriate and the school is providing for successful student learning.

The criteria used by the accreditation team are research-based guidelines that address a central tenet: does the school operate with a clear understanding of its purpose. The criteria are broken down into 4 main areas; 1. Organization for Student Learning, 2. Curriculum and Instruction, 3. Support for Student Personal and Academic Growth, and 4. Resource Management and Development. This process entails a full in-depth review or self-study of the school’s demographics, staffing, parent involvement, curriculum and academics, student connectedness, faith experience, test scores, facilities, budget, and 5 year plan.

The school received the maximum 6 year accreditation in 2003, and has just finished hosting the WASC Accreditation team for three days as they validated the school’s self-study. The school will receive the final report on this year’s accreditation process in June.

The chair of the committee was from Portland, OR, and the other 6 team members were local. The team visited Resurrection School on January 16th to tour the school grounds, pick up the self-study, and meet the school staff. They returned on February 11th, 12th, and 13th for a full three day evaluation and validation process. Input to this self-study was provided via student, staff, parent, and clergy surveys, as well as staff focus groups that worked on the document for the past 15 months.

The process was a wonderful opportunity for the school to look at its strengths, and areas for growth, and to ensure that we are fostering an environment for student learning that meets the rigorous criteria of the WASC Accreditation process. We welcome you to take a look at the self-study. Copies are available in the school office.