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We are student centered!
And we are WASC ACCREDITED!

Congratulations to Saint John Mary International School teachers, staff, administration and students.

WASC Basics

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is known worldwide. WASC provides assistance to schools in California, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, and East Asia, currently serving over 4,000 schools.

WASCs philosophy centers upon three beliefs:

1. A schools goal is successful student learning;
2. Each school has a clear purpose and
3. A school engages in external and internal evaluations as part of ongoing school improvement to support high-quality student learning.

In addition to its official title, WASC also stands for:

We are Student-Centered

Accreditation is integral to a schools perpetual cycle of assessment, planning, implementation, and monitoring. The WASC accreditation process fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, and adult education by encouraging school improvement. WASC accreditation recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.

Visiting Committees

WASC accreditation visits range from one-day initial visits to three- or four and a half day full self-study reviews. Visiting team members review the WASC criteria and study reports from the school in preparation for the visit. During the visit the team observes the school in operation and other evidence; reviews student performance data; observes students engaged in learning and dialogues individually and collectively with administrators, teachers, students and other stakeholders. The visiting team then prepares a report outlining the team's findings for the school and WASC commission.