After being thoroughly scrutinized in March by a committee from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Principal Marco Sanchez found out today that GHS will be given the second highest accreditation term a school can receive. GHS was awarded a six-year accreditation term through 2018, with one mid-term visit in 2015.
As one of six regional accrediting associations in the U.S., WASC regularly visits colleges, universities, junior colleges and K-12 schools to help them “meaningfully create the highest quality learning experience they can envision for all students.”
The ongoing voluntary checkup process is founded on the “expectation that schools must be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high quality learning opportunities,” and ensuring that educational institutions stay continually focused on the “critical business of continual self-improvement,” according to the WASC website.
After three days in March spent scrutinizing minutiae from programs, to teaching practices, to work ethic, to student attitude, WASC representatives rained compliments on Gilroy High School – a campus with “a collegiality that is not often seen at every high school.”
“Would I want my daughter going to GHS? The answer is an easy ‘yes,’” said Craig Green, a WASC committee member and visiting English teacher from Rio Linda Senior High School in Sacramento County. “You have a good thing going on it was a true pleasure to be here these last few days.”
Click here to read a past story about the WASC visit to GHS.