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Casa Grande Earns High Accreditation Marks

Casa Grande Earns High Accreditation Marks

Public comprehensive, charter, and alternative schools in California use the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC)/California Department of Education (CDE) joint accreditation process. ACS WASC accreditation is an ongoing six-year cycle of quality whereby schools demonstrate the capacity, commitment, and competence to support high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement. Every six years, accredited schools conduct a self-study and host a self-study visit. The self-study process culminates in the refinement of a schoolwide action plan.

Casa Grande High School began its WASC self-study process during the 2016-2017 school year with collaboration between teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders. In April of 2018, they received their report from the WASC visiting committee. In addition to receiving the highest level of accreditation, the report contained a great deal of praise for the accomplishments they have made over the last several years. Among many positive attributes, Casa Grande was commended for their strong connections between their staff members and their community, students, and families; for their staff's dedication to students by focusing on real-life applications and providing well-rounded, high-quality plans of study for all students; for their systems of student support, which include the Small Learning Communities they have developed; and for their "unique, beautiful, park-like campus with outdoor learning spaces which showcases student work."

A more comprehensive report, by the WASC committee, of the strengths Casa Grande has shown can be found below.

VISION AND PURPOSE, GOVERNANCE, LEADERSHIP, STAFF, AND RESOURCES

  • Vision & Mission statements current, aligned with LCAP, and have buy-in from stakeholders
  • Well developed system of communication on the CGHS site between admin, teacher leaders, and staff
  • Strong connections to the community as seen through Boosters, 10,000 degrees, Sonoma County Consortium, Santa Rosa Junior College, and a multitude of others
  • High percentage of the staff are highly qualified and credentialed in their content area
  • Staff clearly communicate expectations to students in and out of the classroom

 

CURRICULUM

  • The master schedule allows for students to take a variety of classes that meet their interests
  • Small Learning Communities allow teachers to meet regularly to and provide a more personalized learning environment
  • Casa Grande staff is committed to focusing on real-life applications and post-secondary preparation
  • Real world applications engage and inspire students to pursue post-secondary careers

INSTRUCTION

  • Teachers meet regularly in clusters to discuss student progress and instruction
  • Casa provides a well-rounded, high-quality comprehensive plan of study for all students
  • Project-based learning is an integral part of the curriculum throughout the instructional program, culminating in the Senior Project experience
  • Progress is being made in some areas, such as the Spanish program, to improve literacy and college readiness among the EL population
  • Casa teachers have adapted to the changing face of their student body to become more student-centered and real-world oriented
  • The 1:1 program has begun to change instruction modalities and outcomes, preparing students for the 21st-century world

ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Dedicated staff member with release time to disaggregate student outcome data
  • ART targets 9th-grade students in danger of failing to implement individualized plans for their success
  • District adoption of student outcome data collection and review platform
  • The restructuring of the office hours to maximize effectiveness

SCHOOL CULTURE AND SUPPORT FOR STUDENT PERSONAL AND ACADEMIC GROWTH

  • Strong collaboration with families and community organizations
  • Unique, beautiful, park-like campus with outdoor learning spaces which showcases student work
  • Strong, deep connections between students and staff
  • Professional, flexible, dedicated staff and site administration
  • Proactive, thoughtful systems of support including Clusters, Houses, ART, and others