As you may have heard from your student, on Tuesday, April 9th , our school will be visited by a WASC committee. The purpose of the visit is to determine if GTHS receives accreditation. I am looking forward to this visit as it will provide us with an opportunity to show our visitors everything that is great about GTHS, and we will receive feedback that will help us make GTHS an even better learning community for all our students. Below are some frequently asked questions, and I hope that the answers will help you understand the purpose of the visit and what is means for your school.
What is WASC? (This information was excerpted from the official WASC website. Please visit http://www.wascweb.org for more information about the accreditation process.)
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States.
What is the mission of WASC? (This information was excerpted from the official WASC website. Please visit http://www.wascweb.org for more information about the accreditation process.)
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.
How does WASC evaluate a school? (This information was excerpted from the official WASC website. Please visit http://www.wascweb.org for more information about the accreditation process.)
By using the basis of the WASC criteria and the appropriateness of the school's stated purpose, school-wide student achievement goals, and the degree to which it accomplishes these.
Schools submit a written report providing evidence and analysis of how the evaluation criteria have been met, followed by a visit to the school by a WASC committee.
Why does accreditation matter for students?
Their credits will be accepted by other accredited schools, whether it is another high school that they transfer to or by colleges during the admissions process.
Why does accreditation matter for GTHS, the district, and the community?
Proves that we are providing a standard level of quality education to all students.
Demonstrates that the GTHS staff is committed to analyzing data and implementing changes in order to continue to improve the quality of education provided.
How is the visit to GTHS different than the recent WASC visits to Colton High School and Bloomington High School?
CHS and BHS are established schools, so they conduct a Full Self Study which culminates in a 3 ½ day visit.
We are applying for accreditation for the first time in our school's history, so our visit is an Initial Visit.
Our visit will be conducted by a two-person team over the course of one day.
What recommendation could GTHS receive?
* Definition: The school fully meets the WASC criteria and has a history and a support system that indicates that a high quality program can be sustained for the foreseeable future.
* Has a three-year term.
* Our Next Steps:
- Complete a Full Self Study
- Prepare for the next visit in 2015-2016.
* Definition: The school is progressing toward accreditation, but does not yet meet it.
* Our Next Steps
- Submit a written report next spring indicating how we are making progress to meet the recommendations left by the visiting committee.
- Apply for full accreditation within three years.
* Definition: The school does not fully meet the WASC criteria.
* This indicates that there are severe deficiencies in the educational opportunities being provided by the school.
When will GTHS know the result of the Initial Visit?
We will share the results with the students, parents, and the community.
Reviewing our school practices, data, and expectations is an ongoing process for the life of a school. At least every three to six years, we will conduct a full-self study and be visited by a WASC committee. I would like to encourage you to be involved. If you are interested in being a part of our WASC Focus Groups or becoming a member of School Site Council, please contact Mrs. Kate Applebee at (909) 580-5006, extension 4816 or Katharine_Applebee@cjusd.net . If you would like to be a member of ELAC (English Learners Advisory Committee), please contact Mrs. Yvette Roman at (909) 580-5006, extension 4815 or Yvette_Roman@cjusd.net .