Our first full WASC Accreditation Self-Study process
has been taking place since January of 2008. We have devoted a great
deal of thought and energy to the process as part of our on-going goal
of providing a valuable, rigorous and interesting school experience for
Here is a PowerPoint covering the topic "What is WASC?"
Our WASC Evaluation Visit:
THE VISIT IS DONE, AND MORE WORK CONTINUES…
WASC Visitation was November 15-18, 2009. The whole process went well
and the Visiting Committee’s recommendations reflected what we had
already determined in our own Self-Study. We should have a final copy of
their report should be ready soon.
won’t hear about the results of the visit until the WASC Commission
meets and makes its determination. If we are lucky, we will be on their
January agenda, and may hear the results by sometime in February. If we
don’t make it to their January agenda, it will be even later. So don’t
worry that you haven’t yet heard the results. The Visiting Committee
writes the report and makes a term recommendation, and the Commission
makes the determination. They will notify us of their decision.
you everyone for your support and hard work. As we have often been
reminded, WASC is not something that happens to us, it is our own
journey of discovery on the road to excellence. It is not an event, it
is a process.
A WORD FROM ONE OF THE WASC TEAM LEADERS:
would like to thank all of you for your professionalism and candor
during this WASC cycle. It was obvious from the Visiting Committee's
report that RV's main strength are the exceptional people here in all
areas. Please also recognize that just because the Committee noted more
areas of growth than strength, this does not translate into a poor
score. It merely acknowledges OUR conclusions we drew from OUR self
study. In most cases, they merely restated OUR own words back to us.
This means we did a good job analyzing OUR school.
schools have room for improvement, I feel fortunate to be working with
all of you to improve RV. Keep this in mind as you discuss and debrief
your students about the visit: We did well.
Eric M. Ricketts
Here is a copy of our 2009 Self-Study Report
For Historical Purposes, here is our Initial WASC Application
- Certification to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning
- Validates the integrity of a school’s program and student transcripts
- Fosters improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning
a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being
accomplished through a viable educational program
- A way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment
a school/district in establishing its priority areas for improvement as
a result of the perpetual accreditation cycle that includes
- School self-assessment of the current educational program for students
- Insight and perspective from the visiting committee
- Regular school staff assessment of progress through the intervening years between full self-studies.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
This is the agency that provides the accreditation to schools, based on
a rigorous evaluation process, that gives validity to student records
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a 501(c)(3)
organization, is recognized as one of six regional associations that
accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the
Each school is evaluated on the basis of the WASC criteria and the
appropriateness of the school’s stated purpose, schoolwide student goals
and the degree to which it accomplishes these.
WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?
is a voluntary dual-purpose process that schools (1) must be worthy of
the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning opportunities
and (2) clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement.
An accredited school is focused
on a mission and goals for students; it is student-oriented and
examines its students' performance continuously; it accepts objective
evaluation from a team of outside peer professionals trained by WASC; it
maintains a qualified faculty within an effectively organized school;
it collaboratively assesses the quality of its educational programs on a
regular basis; and it plans for the future.
The full accreditation process has three stages: the self-study, the
visit, and the follow-up. A school’s philosophy and the WASC criteria
serve as the underlying bases for these stages.
The Commission grants accreditation to a school based upon the following:
The presumption that the primary goals of accreditation are
- certification to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning
- the improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning.
The school’s self-study and the visiting committee’s report provides compelling evidence that
school is substantially accomplishing its stated purposes and functions
identified as appropriate for an institution of its type
school is meeting an acceptable level of quality in accordance with the
WASC criteria adopted by the Accrediting Commission.
mission of the Commission is to foster 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