In a letter from WASC, dated July 7, 2011, our school’s accreditation was extended 3 years to June 30, 2014. It’s excellent news. However, we have much to work on as the WASC visiting team has left us with 7 recommendations for school improvement that we must work on in addition to our current plans for improvement (Action Plan).
Visit this section to get updates on how we are addressing matters related to keeping Simon Sanchez High School accredited. The participation of our community, especially that of students and parents, is crucial to the process.
Welcome to School Year 2012-2013!
We will be deep into our self-study this year. A self-study is exactly what it sounds like- a study of the self. By means of the Focus on Learning process, we, together with our stakeholders will examine (or study) our program for students. Just as an individual’s self-examination will reveal strengths and weaknesses, our school, by means of the self-study will identify points of pride and areas to improve.
During the self-study, evidence will be gathered, including student work, in order to evaluate the degree to which our students are achieving. Just as an individual’s self-examination will result in that one taking action to correct or improve on some areas, the findings of our self-study will lead to the creation of a schoolwide action plan to address areas our school can improve in.
In the spring of 2014, we will host the Visiting Committee, made up of fellow educators, for 3 1/2 days. The Visiting Committee will provide an outside perspective and by collaborating with this team, we will be able to further refine our schoolwide action plan in order to improve student achievement.
The Visiting Committee will submit their findings to the Accrediting Commission for Schools and that Commission will grant the appropriate Accreditation Term. The following are factors that will determine the term granted:
Point #1 is a reminder that ongoing school improvement is everyone’s responsibility. While the Administration and school Leadership Team take the lead, the involvement and collaboration of all stakeholders (school personnel, students, parents, community partners, local officials, etc) is vital.
The Haitians have a proverb- “Many hands lighten the load.” With everyone’s helping hands, we will be able to effectively convey that we are achieving high standards of learning and teaching. We hope to be granted the full 6-year Accreditation term in confirmation of this.