Accreditation (WASC)

High schools in the San Diego Unified School District undergo an accreditation process under the auspices of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  This process is an ongoing cycle of assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring, and reassessment.  The six-year cycle consists of self-study, accreditation team visit, and follow-up.  Through the “Focus on Learning” process, a school fulfills the requirements for accreditation and forms the basis for the Single plan for Student Achievement through use of a single set of curriculum-driven criteria for high schools.


The WASC accreditation process validates the integrity of a school’s program and student transcripts.  The rigorous process fosters excellence and ongoing improvement in the district’s schools and helps a school to establish its priority areas for improvement.  The WASC accreditation ensures for the benefit of colleges and universities that graduating students have mastered a particular body of knowledge.  Colleges and universities examine student transcripts to determine if the students have attended accredited high schools.


In November 2002, the University of California instituted a policy that requires all schools that want UC approval of courses to meet the A-G requirements to be accredited by WASC or at least be a candidate for WASC accreditation.  Currently all SDUSD high schools are accredited through WASC.


Secondary of Secondary Schools WASC Support


Related Resources

WASC Status

Current WASC Schedule

SDUSD WASC Best Practices Handbook

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Website

School Site and Visiting Committee Reports



Contact Information


Financial Planning, Monitoring and Accountability

4100 Normal Street, Rm. 3126

San Diego, CA  92103


Phone   (619) 725-5605

Fax         (619) 725-7055