Accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Rancho Alamitos is fully accredited under the requirements of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Re-accrediting must occur every six years. The WASC accreditation process is called Focus on Learning. The goal of this process is to evaluate a school’s impact on student learning, as well as the effectiveness of the school’s programs and its operation. For the last year-and-a-half, Rancho Alamitos has been undergoing the Focus on Learning Process to prepare for a visit from a WASC visiting committee in late March of 2017.
Focus on Learning involves our entire faculty clarifying our schoolwide learning goals and studying what we do to help students meet them. Rancho Alamitos’ Schoolwide Learning Goals are:
To foster independent learning, academic success, healthy lifestyles, and social responsibility with following outcomes -
Proficient in the standards
Skilled in communication, technology, scholarly habits, and critical thinking
Experienced in civic responsibility, ethical behavior, and cultural diversity
In addition to celebrating the many successes at our school, in studying how our school organization, curriculum, instruction, assessment and support for student achievement address this learning goals, Rancho Alamitos found the following areas for growth to add to our ongoing Single Plan for Student Achievement.
- Developing a systematic approach to collaborating around instruction, assessment, and engagement to try to decrease the D/F rate and improve the a/g rate.
- Increasing capacity for the effective implementation of instructional technology
- Continuing to address the proportionality of our subgroups in advanced and AP classes
- Continuing to work on increasing parent involvement in school events.
We are confident that our can-do staff and great students can make progress on these goals in the coming years and look forward to our visit with the WASC committee in March.