Accreditation

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Since 2000, Acaciawood School has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. Accreditation is the result of a thorough self-study submitted to a visiting committee of education professionals. After reviewing the self-study report the visiting committee evaluates the school’s instruction and administration through an on site visit.

School accreditation is important because it provides an outside confirmation that the school’s programs meet their stated objectives. It benefits the students in many ways. Most colleges and universities examine transcripts to see if students attended accredited institutions. In 2002 the University of California adopted a policy requiring all schools that want UC approval of courses to be accredited by WASC or at least be an initial WASC candidate. Furthermore, attendance at an accredited institution is major advantage for applicants for Cal Grants.

Accreditation Process

In 2000, Acaciawood received its first six-year accreditation, the maximum amount any school can receive. In 2006, WASC granted the school an additional six-year term on its accreditation with a mid-term progress review after three years. The WASC Visiting Committee spoke very highly of our programs, excellent and enthusiastic teaching, and the high standard of student behavior.

During the 2004-2005 school year we planned for the renewal process by attending workshops on the protocol adopted by WASC, Focus on Learning. In the 2005-2006 school year we gathered data through meetings and surveys. We examined ourselves in the light of Focus on Learning. Through many meetings and drafts, our Self-Study Report was produced and then submitted to the WASC Visiting Committee, the group assigned to visit our school and recommend us for renewal. The self-study report is available through the Acaciawood office. In March of 2006 the WASC Visiting Committee examined the school in a three-day on-site visit.

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