WHAT IS WASC (WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES)?
District high schools undergo an accreditation process under the auspices of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges WASC
. It is a six-year accreditation cycle, guided and assisted by the self-study
, the visit, and the follow-up. A school's philosophy and the WASC criteria serve as the underlying basis for these stages.
Accreditation affirms that a school provides its students with quality educational programs, validates the integrity of student transcripts and ensures for the benefit of colleges, universities, and the community at large that graduating students have mastered a particular body of knowledge.
WASC acknowledges that the Focus on Learning Process is in harmony with the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
. The components for WASC and SPSA are identical in concept; the specific actions of the Single Plan for Student Achievement are expressed in more detail.
HOW ARE PARENTS INVOLVED?
Parents are full partners in their child's education and are included in decision-making that determine how Title I funds will be spent. The LAUSD Title I Parental Involvement Policy
outlines the guidelines that City of Angels School follows. A school-level Parent Involvement Policy (PIP) is developed jointly with and approved by parents. Parents have the opportunity to participate in the design and implementation of the Title I program through the School Site Council (SSC)
and the Local School Leadership Council (LSLC)
. In addition, each school receiving Title I funds must develop a school-parent compact, which outlines how parents, the school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.
WHAT IS THE SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT?
schools must jointly develop, with parents of children receiving Title I services, a school-parent compact as a component of its written parental involvement policy.
The School-Parent Compact:
- Written agreement between the school and the parents of children receiving Title I services
- Identifies activities that the parents, entire school staff, and the students will undertake to share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement
- Outlines the activities that the parents, school staff, and students will undertake to build and develop a partnership for achieving the state's high academic standards
The School-Parent Compact must describe:
- The school's responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction to enable students to meet state standards
- Ways in which parents will be responsible for supporting their child's learning
- The importance of ongoing communication between teachers and parents, at a minimum:
- Annual parent-teacher conferences (elementary)'
- Frequent reports to parents on their child's progress
- Reasonable access to staff
- Opportunities to volunteer
- Opportunities to observe classroom activities