San Gabriel Academy is fully accredited through Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) which recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria. Susie Chow, Former WASC Commissioner, California Federation of Teachers said, "the greatest value of the WASC protocol is that it ensures equity and fairness to all students in all schools. Parents, teachers, staff members and students participate in a process that enables them to critically self examine their school plan, set their own goals and assess if their goals are reached for continuous improvement."
WASC accreditation is an ongoing six-year cycle of quality whereby the school demonstrates the capacity, commitment, and competence to support high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement. The school assesses its program and its impact on student learning with respect to the ACS WASC criteria/indicators and other accreditation factors. Schools are expected to participate in self-study training provided by ACS WASC throughout the 18 months prior to the full self-study visit. This self-study process culminates in the refinement of a 3–5 year schoolwide action plan. Throughout the cycle, a school is expected to address the schoolwide action plan and demonstrate evidence of acceptable student achievement and school improvement. Using the ACS WASC criteria, indicators, and other accreditation factors, the visiting committee will base its accreditation status recommendation on evidence contained in the self-study and encountered during the school visit indicating:
- The degree to which high achievement by all students is occurring
- The capacity of the school to implement, monitor, and accomplish the schoolwide action plan aligned to the areas of greatest need impacting student achievement
- The school’s position with respect to institutional and/or governing authority expectations.
For more information on Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation, please visit WASC's Accreditation Commision for Schools website at http://www.acswasc.org.
San Gabriel Academy is also accredited by the Seventh-day Adventist North American Division Commission on Accreditation. Information regarding Adventist education can be obtained at http://adventisteducation.org/about/adventist_education/overview.