What is South San Francisco High School’s current accreditation status?
South San Francisco High School has been fully accredited since its opening.
What is the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)?
What criteria does WASC use to evaluate schools?
- The level of student achievement;
- The capacity of the school to implement, monitor, and accomplish its strategic plan;
- How well the strategic plan targets resources to areas that most impact student learning;
- Information contained in the school’s own self-evaluation; and
- The school’s status in relation to the expectations of institutional or governing authorities.
The evaluation team will then make recommendations to WASC on the level of accreditation the school should receive.
How does the accreditation process work?
What is an accreditation status?
Six-year accreditation status is a six-year term and is typically awarded when a school successfully demonstrates that it has the capacity, commitment, and competence to support high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement. Almost all schools with a 6-year accreditation status receive a mid-term visit from a Visiting Committee at the 3-year mark.
Probationary accreditation status may be granted for either one or two years and is typically assigned to schools when there is “compelling evidence that. . .the school deviates significantly from one or more critical areas requiring immediate attention and support." Schools on probation are fully accredited and may be excellent schools in many ways; however, there is at least one area that the Visiting Committee feels cannot wait three or more years for the school to address.
WASC may withhold accreditation when "there is compelling evidence that the school does not meet one or more of the ACS WASC criteria and deviates significantly in critical areas that impact student learning and well-being, the school’s program, and supporting operations."
WASC 2018 Accreditation Visit to South San Francisco High
WASC 2018 South San Francisco High School Self Study
WASC 2012 South San Francisco High School Self Study