High schools in the San Diego Unified School District undergo an accreditation process under the auspices of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This process is an ongoing cycle of assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring, and reassessment. The six-year cycle is guided and assisted by self study, visit, and follow-up. Through the Focus on Learning process, a school fulfills the requirements for accreditation and forms the basis for the Single Plan for Student Achievement through use of a single set of curriculum-driven criteria for high schools.

The WASC accreditation process validates the integrity of a school’s program and student transcripts. The rigorous process fosters excellence and ongoing improvement in the district’s schools and helps a school to establish its priority areas for improvement. The WASC accreditation ensures for the benefit of colleges and universities that graduating students have mastered a particular body of knowledge. Colleges and universities examine student transcripts to determine if the students have attended accredited high schools.
In November 2002, the University of California instituted a policy that requires all schools that want UC approval of courses to meet the a-g requirements to be accredited by WASC or at least be a candidate for WASC accreditation. Currently all SDUSD high schools are accredited by WASC.


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Monitoring and Accountability Reporting Department
4100 Normal St., Rm. 3126
San Diego, CA 92103

Phone  (619) 725-5605
Fax       (619) 725-7055