Accrediting Comission for Schools - Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accreditation Process Overview

ACS WASC accreditation is a process schools use to monitor student learning and set school improvement goals. ACS WASC accreditation is an ongoing cycle of quality. Schools assess their program and the impact on student learning with respect to the ACS WASC criteria and other accreditation factors.

Every six years,* accredited schools conduct a self-study and host a self-study visit. The self-study process culminates in the refinement of a schoolwide action plan. Throughout the accreditation cycle, schools are expected to address the schoolwide action plan and demonstrate evidence of acceptable student achievement and school improvement. Appropriate reports and reviews throughout the six-year cycle of accreditation support this process.

Using the diagram below as a reference, Yuba City High School is currently in Year Three of the WASC Six-Year Accreditation Cycle.  Our Two Day Mid-Cycle Visit is scheduled for April 25 - 26, 2016.

Flow Chart. Text boxes form a clockwise circle ending where it started. 1st Text block reads "Self-Study: Completion of self-study, Refinement of Schoolwide Action Plan after vist." Second box reads: "Year One: Profile update, progress visit and/or Visit, Refinement of Schoolwide Action Plan." 3rd text block reads: "Year Two: Profile update, progress visit and/or visit, refinement of schoolwide action plan." 4th Text Block reads: "Year Three: Profile update, Progress Report and/or one or two day mid-cycle visit, refinement of schoolwide action plan." 5th text block reads: "Year four: Profile update, progress report and/or visit, refinement of schoolwide action plan." 6th text box reads: "Year Five: Profile update, progress visit and/or visit, refinement of schoolwide action plan."

ACS WASC Philosophy

The philosophy of the Accrediting Commission for Schools centers upon three beliefs: (1) a school’s goal is successful student learning; (2) each school has a clear purpose and schoolwide student goals; and (3) a school engages in external and internal evaluations as part of continued school improvement to support student learning.

Accreditation is integral to a school’s perpetual cycle of assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring, and reassessment based upon student achievement. It fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, adult, and postsecondary education by encouraging school improvement through a process of continuing evaluation and to recognize, by accreditation, schools that meet an acceptable level of quality in accordance with established criteria. In addition to its official title, WASC also means We Are Student-Centered.

Why Accreditation?
  •  Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable education program — a trustworthy institution for student learning
  • Validates the integrity of the school’s program and transcripts
    Facilitates transfer of credits to other English-speaking schools — critical for college/university acceptance worldwide
  • Fosters the ongoing improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning
  • Provides valuable insight from fellow educators visiting the school
  • Benefits schools that choose joint accreditation or other collaborative processes, e.g., ACS WASC/CDE.