“The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) congratulates AmeriMont Elementary on achieving the highest recognized accreditation in the western states. AmeriMont Elementary is the only non-religious, private or public school to obtain this honor in Anaheim Hills. WASC assures AmeriMont Elementary is worthy of the trust placed in them to provide superior learning and excellence in education.”
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) FAQ
What is WASC?
The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a world-renowned accrediting association, a regional accrediting association in the United States, works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the Department of State. WASC extends its services to approximately 5,000 public, independent, church-related, charter, online, supplementary education programs/centers, and proprietary pre-K-12 and adult schools; and works with 18 associations in joint accreditation processes, and collaborates with other organizations such as the California Department of Education, the Hawaii Department of Education, the Association of Christian Schools International, the Council of International Schools, and the International Baccalaureate.
What is accreditation?
WASC accreditation is a process that serves as the foundation for quality education. An accredited school is a statement to the broader community and the stakeholders that it is a trustworthy institution for student learning and committed to ongoing 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 accreditation?
The public is assured that accredited institutions are evaluated extensively and conform to expectations of performance and quality. Because accreditation requires continual self-evaluation and monitoring of its programs and operations in relation to the impact on student learning and periodic external review, the public can be assured that the educational quality of programs and services offered by the institution are current, reflect high standards of quality, and are offered with integrity.
Students can be assured the institutions in which they seek to enroll have been reviewed and the educational programs offered have been evaluated for quality.
Educational institutions benefit from the stimulus for self-study and self-improvement provided by the accreditation process.
What is an accreditation status?
The Commission grants a status of accreditation that shows a strong correlation to existing student achievement results and current programmatic and operational actions, based on the WASC criteria and accreditation status factors noted in the visiting committee report and the visiting committee recommendation. The visiting committee will base its status recommendation on evidence contained in the self-study and encountered during the school visit that indicates:
- The degree to which high achievement by all students is occurring
- The capacity of the school to implement, monitor, and accomplish the action plan aligned to the areas of greatest need impacting student achievement
- The school’s status with respect to institutional and/or governing authority expectations.
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WHAT SETS AMERIMONT ELEMENTARY APART?
- Exciting and Academic Summer Programs Available
- Credentialed Teacher in Every Elementary Classroom
- Safe and Secure Campuses
- Integration of Technology into the Classroom
- 21st Century Learning
- Spanish/Chinese Instruction 2 Times a Week
- Family Friendly Environment
- Small Class Sizes