WASC visits Walnut High School

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) makes their sextennial inspection of Walnut High School from Sunday, Feb. 25 to Wednesday, Feb. 28.

WASC accredits high schools and colleges by conducting study visits. In the fall of 2016, WHS teachers began discussing the upcoming visit. Over the course of the one and a half years they prepared for the inspection by writing reports and building profiles about the school. During this week, teachers attended meetings in their focus groups, small groups comprised of teachers from each subject, to explain their reports in detail.

“Your school has gone through a process for the last year and half where they’ve been looking at all their data for all their programs and saying ‘What can we do better to make sure that every student achieves?’ What we’ve seen so far is a lot of staff, teachers and administrators that are very dedicated to the students [in] making sure that everybody is working at the highest level,” WASC Committee Chairperson Douglas Paulson said.

The WHS administration, Grade Level Counselors, teachers who wrote the reports, Assembled Student Body students and Publications students hosted a reception for the visiting members of WASC on Sunday. Each WASC member was given a guide from the aforementioned groups. They were then shown around the campus and given in-depth knowledge of WHS from their student guide.

“[The reception] was very nice. We got a very good impression of all the community support and how the community feels about the school,” Paulson said. “The students that took us on tours were very articulate. [My favorite part] was the students and hearing them talk about the school.”

By Nicole Chiang, Feature editor
Photo Airi Gonzalez