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On May 8, 2018, Mr. Wilson and Superintendent Janet Schulze received notification from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) that Black Diamond HS had earned a six-year accrediatation. Six years is the highest accreditation a school can earn from the Western Associatioan of Schools and Colleges.
The accreditation process is something that all high schools and colleges in the United States must go through in order to have their courses recognized by other schools within the educational system. To simplify that a little bit, as students transferring between high schools or apply to colleges, the school must be accredited. Otherwise, the courses are not recognized by another institution and the new school or college does not have to accept the courses completed at the previous school. As such, it is a very important part of the educational process for all high schools and colleges.
In California, we are a part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or WASC. WASC reviews schools as part of a six-year accreditation cycle. The cycle includes the preparation of a report and a three-day site visit from educators representing WASC, which occurred during the 2017-2018 school year for Black Diamond. At the completion of their visit, the committee makes a recommendation to WASC about the schools accreditation status. These recommendations can vary from denying accreditation, to a one-year accreditation, to a six-year accreditation with a midterm report due.
After its recent visit, Black Diamond High School received a six-year accreditation with a two-day midterm review. What this means is that Black Diamond is fully accredited until the year 2024, but will need to submit a report to the committee and have a small team visit the site for a review during the 2020-2021 school year. There was a lot of effort put into this report by all staff at the school site. This is a proud moment for Black Diamond! We will continue serving our students with the best education possible.