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February 25, 2021

Pacific West Christian Academy accredited for K-8

Pacific West Christian Academy, which has three campuses in Gilroy, has been accredited for its kindergarten through eighth-grade programs. This is the first accreditation that the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accrediting body has awarded to PWCA.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to a school and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the WASC standards, according to a press release from Pacific West. An organization receiving accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Pacific West Christian Academy is a nonprofit, preschool through junior high, Christian school with three campuses on Mantelli Drive and Kelton Drive in Gilroy. It has been providing Christian education in Southern Santa Clara and San Benito Counties since 1995 when the Academy opened.

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. WASC extends its services to over 4,500 public, independent, church-related, and proprietary pre-K–12 and adult schools, works with 16 associations in joint accreditation processes, and collaborates with other educational organizations. ACS WASC accreditation process fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, and adult education by encouraging school improvement. WASC accreditation recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.  For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the WASC website at .

“We are thrilled that PWCA has been awarded WASC accreditation,” said Superintendent Donna Garcia. “Accreditation marks an important milestone in the continuing development of our program and is a true testament to the quality of our curriculum, the commitment of our staff and the dedication of our parents and students. Going forward, Pacific West Christian Academy will continue to meet the needs of families looking for a high-quality, Christian education.”

Pacific West Christian Academy partners with parents in educating and nurturing students’ minds and hearts for use in God’s kingdom now and in the future. For additional information on Pacific West Christian Academy, please visit the PWCA website at or call (408) 847-7922.

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