In July 2017, the Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD) elected to embark on a pilot of the first WASC (high school) district accreditation in the United States. In September 2018, ASC WASC formally presented AVUHSD with a six year accreditation, making the District the first in the country to receive ACS WASC accreditation.
“We are incredibly proud to be the first District in the US to achieve WASC accreditation," said Antelope Valley Union High School District Superintendent Dr. David J. Vierra. "This accomplishment is a reflection of the dedication and commitment of our employees towards delivering the best service to our staff, students and community.”
AVUHSD is the largest geographical district in Los Angeles county serving approximately 23,000 students and employing 2,300 faculty and staff. The District encompasses eight comprehensive high schools, an early college high school on the Antelope Valley College campus, three alternative high schools, the no cost, dependent charter Academy Prep Junior High, an online education program and Antelope Valley Adult Education.
The process, which took approximately nine months, allowed the District and its employees a structured way in which to conduct a self-study that provides an analysis of strengths and opportunities, much like a school WASC accreditation process.
The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) is a world-renowned accrediting association and one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Accreditation is a dual-purpose process that ultimately shows that schools are worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning and clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement.
ACS WASC accredited districts are focused on student-oriented missions and goals. The districts continuously examine student performance and accept objective evaluation from a team of outside peer professionals trained by ACS WASC. They maintain a qualified faculty within effectively organized schools, and regularly collaborate to assess the quality of their educational programs and plans for the future.