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What is WASC and why is it important to SJHHS?

Every public high school and college must conduct a self-study in order to be accredited. The organization that determines the accreditation term is called the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The organization gathers a group of administrators, teachers, former teachers, and/or district personnel from around the state to formally visit our school and verify a report that our school generates as a result of our self-study. This report is written collectively by the staff and must be submitted to the school board for approval. Because the SJHHS WASC visit is scheduled for the spring of 2018, we began the process of the self during the fall of the 2016-17 school year and are continuing the process until the visit by representatives from WASC. From now until the visit, focus groups will be meeting to discuss various issues during PLC time on Monday afternoons. Parent and student volunteers will be working alongside teachers, staff members, and administrators to examine school programs, support services, and academics among other pertinent topics. Our goal is to produce a valuable report and receive the best accreditation.


Why is it important to students?

Schools that are granted a commendable accreditation term (6 years is the best!) have shown themselves to be highly capable of producing competent, college-bound graduates. Schools that are not granted a good accreditation term (3 years to 1 year) are not looked favorably upon by colleges. Students generally want to go on to college after high school. If SJHHS is not accredited well or at all, students’ high school diplomas will not be valid for college admission.


What do students need to know?

Students need to know that their teachers use the Common Core Standards as the foundation of all that they do in the classroom. Students also need to know that SJHHS expects graduating seniors to have accomplished the School-wide Learner Outcomes (SLOs) upon graduation. The SLOs are as follows:


Balance academics, activities, and social/emotional needs

Respect and include those from all backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives

Apply higher-level thinking skills to a broad range of college and career contexts

Nuture relationships with their communities and positively contribute to society as a whole

Dedicate themselves to setting and reaching meaningful goals


What will happen during the WASC visit?

The visit will last from a Sunday through a Wednesday in the March of 2018. The visiting committee members will visit every classroom throughout their stay, interview staff members, parents, and students. Students will be randomly selected by the visiting committee members to talk about their experiences at SJHHS. 

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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

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