MVLA Earns Six-Year WASC Accreditation
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District (MVLA) is proud to announce that the district’s two comprehensive high schools have received an accreditation of six years from the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This accreditation is valid through June, 2025, with a one-day review visit in 2022.
WASC is a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. It evaluates more than 5,000 schools and collaborates with other organizations, including as the California Department of Education (CDE). The accreditation process helps schools identify and implement improvement needs, support accountability, and align with the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
“The WASC accreditation process is integral to MVLA’s cycle of continuous program improvement based upon student achievement,” said Superintendent Jeff Harding. “This is a true validation of the efforts by our teachers, principals and staff who work every day to educate our community’s youth. The accreditation confirms that MVLA students are receiving an extremely high-quality education in a supportive environment.”
The accreditation process requires that schools complete a self-study based on the previous WASC self-study and action plan to identify and implement school improvement needs. MVLA administrators and teachers dedicated hundreds of hours over a year and a half to research and write their self-study reports, covering topics such as school culture, leadership, enrollment and participation, discipline, and numerous other topics. The report gives structure and details for site visits by a WASC team of administrators and educators.
In the next five years, the schools will conduct an annual assessment of progress on their action plan and refine the plan as needed. There will be a mid-cycle visit in 2022 to ensure that schools have made progress on the action plan, and the accreditation will be up for renewal in June 2025.
Among the top priorities reflected in the MVLA plans are continued supports for English learners and use data to allocate resources equitably.
The WASC accreditation process:
- Offers certification to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning
- Validates the integrity of a school’s program and student transcripts
- Fosters improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning
- Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program
- Provides a way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment
- Assists a school/district in establishing its priority areas for improvement as a result of the perpetual accreditation cycle that includes:
- School self-assessment of the current educational program for students
- Insight and perspective from the visiting committee
- Regular school staff assessment of progress through the intervening years between full self-studies.
“The WASC accreditation affirms the significant progress we have made over the past six years. Despite our increase in enrollment we have been able to maintain our focus on the needs of each individual student, finding ways to address their academic and developmental demands.,” said Los Altos High School Principal Wynne Satterwhite. “All of this is made possible by our caring and committed staff. The visiting committee's support for our Action Plan gives even more momentum to our focus on equity and achievement for every student.”
Mountain View High School Principal Dave Grissom said, “I am very proud of the commitment that our staff and students make on a daily basis toward their education. This WASC process was affirming to us all that we are further headed in the right direction.”
“We at MVHS value an equitable and collaborative learning environment in which students and staff respect the diversity of our society. We also embrace the growth mindset and the continuous process of learning, while building character and launching young adults.”
The accreditation reports are the culmination of several days of site visits, the purpose of which was to understand each school’s purpose, programs and operations.