Palm Desert, CA – Thanks to the Rotarians who were able to sign the “best wishes” card to Palm Desert High School at our February 23 meeting. In answer to those who asked, “Whatʼs WASC,” hereʼs an explanation: WASC is the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Itʼs the body that certifies schools at all levels that are living up to high academic standards and effective teaching strategies for all students. Every three to six years, all school stakeholders conduct a year-long self-study which they submit to a visiting team of educators and administrators from the Southern California region. A high-functioning school will report all current successes, and then outline how they are pursuing continuing improvement.
School self-studies generally cite partnerships with community groups in their report, and so itʼs good to have a Palm Desert Rotary “best wishes” card on display. Palm Desert Highʼs visiting team will be on campus February 29 through March 3, visiting every classroom, interviewing students, staff, and parents. On the final day of the visit, the visiting team will report on aspects of the self-study they could verify, and what aspects appear to need more attention. A poorly functioning school might receive a 1-year accreditation with a full re-visit. Top schools such as PDHS usually earn a 6-year accreditation term, usually with a brief revisit at the 3-year point.
Weʼll invite PDHS Principal and fellow PD Rotarian Robert Hicks to report on his schoolʼs WASC visit soon.
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