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.
Who benefits from Excelsius Academy being accredited?
Everyone. WASC accreditation is a valuable service to the public, students and educational institutions themselves.
- The public and parents are assured that Excelsius Academy is evaluated extensively and conform to general expectations of performance and quality. Because accreditation requires continual self-evaluation, frequent reports, and periodic external review, the educational quality of programs and services offered by Excelsius Academy are up to date, reflect high standards of quality, and are offered with integrity.
- Students can be assured that programs and classes in which they enroll have been reviewed and the educational programs that are offered have been evaluated for quality and currentness.
- Excelsius Academy can offer students credit recovery classes to improve their transcripts
- Excelsius Academy benefits from the stimulus for self-study and self-improvement provided by the accreditation process.
Accreditation status also increases opportunities for public and private funding for both the institution and students and enhances the institution’s credibility and reputation.
What is WASC?
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. The Association provides assistance to schools located in California, Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Fiji, and East Asia. The affairs of WASC are administered by a board of directors composed of representatives from the three commissions that are listed below:
- (1) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities: www.wascsenior.org
- (2) Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges: www.accjc.org
- (3) Accrediting Commission for Schools.
Our fundamental cause involves helping schools meaningfully create the highest quality learning experience they can envision for all students. It is WASC’s consistent purpose to professionally support schools in creating for themselves a clear vision of what they desire their students to know and be able to do and then to ensure that efficient and relevant systems are in place that predictably result in the fulfillment of those expectations for every child.