Posted April 30, 2012
As part of our on-going efforts to address recommendations made by our last Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visitation, we have created this Accreditation page where you can find meeting dates and the latest news.
We have just completed another successful visitation by the WASC Visiting Committee.
The Visiting Committee congratulated us on a number of outstanding aspects of our program. The committee indicated that we continue to be a child-centered institution with a rigorous course of study that values the development of the whole child while providing a classical education to our students.
They commended the school for embracing and encouraging the active participation of parents and students in the self-study process. Special mention was made regarding our Parent Planning Committee, student website and Model United Nations as evidence of the positive results of our efforts.
The committee was very impressed with our French-American Baccalaureate (FAB) program in that it meets the needs of American students in the French-Language Section and those in the English-Language Section. The committee also noted that we are in the forefront of this exciting academic development.
We were also lauded for the appointment of our new Professional Development Coordinator, Ms. Campbell and Director of Admissions, Dr. Gerard. The Visiting Committee was also extremely impressed by the caliber of students and teachers, and the pride they have in their programs and their school.
Mention was made about the positive value of improvements the school has made to the school plant, purchase of equipment, including our new school bus, as well as the retention of additional teachers.
Finally, the school was commended for its financial stability which they indicated is a major accomplishment given these challenging times.
In terms of recommendations for future development, the committee encouraged the school to continue to define and clarify the role of the Board of Trustees from that of school operational management.
It was suggested that we continue to improve our information management system, expand our professional development program, and work to assess ways our professional development program and curriculum have measurable impact on student achievement.
The production of the school self-study and the execution of a smooth visit with the Visiting Committee could not have been accomplished without the dedicated participation of parents, students, teachers and staff in the process. Your enthusiasm and professionalism was evident and noted by the WASC.
Special thanks go to our parents who participated in focus groups. Many made significant sacrifices of time and convenience to support our school and we are indeed grateful for their efforts. Our students also made major contributions to the self-study. The visiting committee was particularly impressed with our students love for our school.
Our teachers played an indispensable role in this latest WASC visitation, especially those teacher representatives who were focus group members. Our hats go off to the school administrative staff who spent long hours crunching numbers and making graphs for our self-study report and to our supervisors who ensured our school¹s operations were smooth and orderly. Our custodians, as always, were integral to the process by ensuring the school was well maintained and that the school was properly supported during the WASC visitation.
We are also grateful to the school leadership whose steady hands have successfully guided our school through another accreditation cycle.
The final report will be ready in a few weeks.
Please be part of this important process and let your voice be heard.
Be sure to check the "News" section below for the latest information.
We look forward to hearing from you!