Accreditation - East Los Angeles Skills Center


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Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), a world-renowned accrediting association in the United States, works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the U.S. Department of State.
    • Provides assistance to adult schools, works with associations in joint accreditation processes, and collaborates with California Department of Education (CDE).
    • Is composed of the Association of California School Administrators, California Department of Education, California School Boards Association, California Teachers Association, and California Federation of Teachers, among others representatives.

The WASC/CDE Focus on Learning (FOL) Joint Process Guide is the collaborative process that helps schools identify and implement school improvement needs and supports accountability.

Why Accreditation?

Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable education program — a trustworthy institution for student learning:
    • Validates the integrity of the school’s program and transcripts
    • Facilitates transfer of credits to other English-speaking schools — critical for college/university acceptance worldwide
    • Fosters the ongoing improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning
    • Provides valuable insight from fellow educators visiting the school
    • Benefits schools that choose joint accreditation or other collaborative processes, e.g., ACS WASC/CDE.


Initial Visit Process
The purpose of the visit team is to understand the school’s purpose, its program, and operations based upon the ACS WASC criteria and detailed school description.

Self-Study Process/Full Visit
    • Involvement of all stakeholders in the self-study process.
    • Clarification of the school’s purpose and the school-wide learner outcomes.
    • Assessment of the student program and its impact on student learning with respect to the ACS WASC criteria.
    • Development of a school-wide action plan that addresses identified areas for improvement.
    • Validation and enhancement of visiting committees based on accreditation criteria and standards, self-study, and findings from the visit.

Follow-Up Process
    • Annual assessment of the action plan progress and refinement of the plan.
    • Completion of progress reports and/or reviews.
    • Celebration of success.

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