What is WASC?

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (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.  [For more information about WASC, go to: http://www.acswasc.org/]

Santa Barbara High School Stakeholders produced a Self-Study that profiles what we've been doing, what is currently happening on our campus and where we would like to go from here.  The WASC Visiting Committee will be here March 13-16, 2016 to help guide us in our practice as we plan for an ever-better future for our students and families.


The WASC review process provides the following for Santa Barbara High School:

  • Certification that SBHS is a trustworthy institution of learning
  • Validation of the integrity of our program and student transcripts
  • Demonstration that SBHS fosters improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning
  • Assures the SBHS community that our purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program
  • Provides SBHS with a tool to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and reassessment
  • Assists SBHS in establishing priority areas for improvement as a result of the perpetual accreditation cycle that include:
    • School self-assessment of the current educational program for students
    • Insight and perspective from the visiting committee
    • Regular school staff assessment of progress through the intervening years between full self-studies.


Santa Barbara High School submitted our Self-Study Report to WASC on January 25, 2016.

SBHS will host a WASC Visiting Committee from March 13-16, 2016.




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