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LA's Promise School Receives 6 Year WASC Accreditation!
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 9, 2012)—The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has reaffirmed the accreditation of West Adams Preparatory High School, an LA’s Promise partner school. The high school earned the maximum 6-year accreditation with a one day visit at the three year mark.
WASC representatives conducted a three-day, in-depth study of West Adams Prep’s campus in April, concluding that the high school “demonstrates strength in its vision, purpose, governance, leadership, staff and resources.” Despite the tightening budget, reviewers determined that West Adams Prep provides a high-quality education consistent with its mission and offers a clean, safe and secure learning environment essential to every student’s success.
WASC evaluation criteria are research-based guidelines of systemic school improvement that address accreditation’s central tenet: a school operates with a clear understanding of its purpose, to establish differentiation between effective and ineffective schools.
“Considering that a six year WASC accreditation is the highest level of accreditation, this certification is a testimony to the hard work of the students, faculty, administration and parents of West Adams Prep.” Says Veronica Melvin, President and CEO, LA’s Promise. “It is crucial that students in South LA are afforded the opportunity to attend a great school in their own neighborhood, which West Adams Prep is providing,” adds Melvin.
Additional areas of school wide strengths identified included: (1) its unique partnership with LA’s Promise, which provides instructional, financial, administrative and staffing for active parent, college and career centers, (2) students and parents have embraced the academic school culture, increasing the desire to learn, (3) teachers us a variety of instructional strategies to engage students at all levels, and (4) API scores have increased 113 points over the last three years.
“Our six-year accreditation validates that our purposes, instructional program, and structural approaches appropriately prepare teenagers to attend and complete college. Students and parents have embraced the academic culture of the school, a desire to learn and recognize the positive environment, care and concern demonstrated by the staff,” says West Adams Principal Jose Iniguez.
LA’s Promise is looking to replicate this success at Manual Arts High School in the few years as it will be reviewed by WASC in Spring 2014.
About West Adams Preparatory High School
West Adams Preparatory High School made history as the Los Angeles Unified’s first Partner School, opening its doors to 2,200 students in September 2007. MLA Partner Schools, as LA’s Promise was formerly named, and LAUSD came together in an unprecedented collaboration to provide an entire South Los Angeles neighborhood with the highest quality education. West Adams currently serves close to 2,400 students and their families.
Students at West Adams Prep enroll in one of four thematic small schools, each with its own academic focus. Students enjoy personalized instruction and stronger relationships with their teachers, counselors and cohort as they study within a supportive academic community. Each school offers innovative instruction, is academically rigorous, and provides unique educational opportunities through partnerships with leading community organizations and corporate leaders.
About LA’s Promise
LA's Promise is a nonprofit organization radically improving the education, health and social outcomes for thousands of youth in one South Los Angeles community—LA’s Promise Neighborhood. LA's Promise partners with Los Angeles Unified to transform chronically failing public schools and open new schools into community hubs that offer comprehensive support services for students and families. LA's Promise works with our partner schools, community agencies, and corporate partners to prepare every child in LA's Promise schools to be college and career–ready, healthy and successful in life. For more information, please go to www.laspromise.org.