What is WASC?
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is recognized as one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges and universities in the United States. This commission validates the curricular, instructional, and support programs for California schools. In order for WESM student transcripts to be accepted by other schools and universities, WESM must be accredited by WASC. The process is a six-year cycle of
• gathering of school data
• clarifying of what all students should know, understand and be able to do
• analyzing student performance
• examining the academic, social, personal program of the school
• identifying critical areas for improvement
• creating a school-wide action plan
2016 WASC Progress Report
In March 2016, WESM went through a Mid-Cycle WASC self-study process. This process was for the purpose of reviewing the progress toward the goals set in 2013. We received a very positive report. We are in year 4 of the a six-year accreditation, which will be in effect until 2019. We are moving forward, stronger and better.
The 2016 visiting committee commended WESM on the following accomplishments since the 2013 visit:
1)WESM has made significant progress on improving school culture and school pride.
2)WESM is developing a more collaborative culture that is leading to improved Professional Learni
Community work for improved student learning and increased staff buy-in.