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WASC Review 2017

MIR Accreditation Cycle to Begin

MIR holds a six-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the highest accreditation offered. WASC is one of the seven official regional accreditors responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

The accreditation process requires that MIR participates in a periodic review process called "Focus on Learning." This self-study is deep and thorough and requires the participation of all members of the MIR community -- parents, students, faculty, staff, administration, and the board.

WASC accreditation assures that our school has:

  1. Clearly defined objectives.
  2. Established conditions under which objectives can reasonably be achieved.
  3. Evidence that indicates we are substantially accomplishing our objectives.
  4. A sound organization, excellent staff, and full support to continue success.

And it serves as confirmation to the education community, general public, and other organizations and agencies that MIR meets WASC's criteria and accreditation standards.

This becomes an ongoing process to ensure that we are constantly looking at what we do, in order to verify that it supports our school-wide learning outcomes. The accreditation process is a perpetual cycle of assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring, and reassessment.

How you can help the accreditation review:

Serve on a Focus Group

Focus groups meet once per month, define criteria, request evidence, assess progress, generate a report, and recommend action items. There are four focus groups for the self-study:

  • Organization for Student Learning examines the organization of the school including the mission, governance and leadership, staff, environment, reporting progress, and improvement process.
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment examines what students learn, how students learn, and how assessment is used.
  • Support for Student Personal and Academic Growth examines student connectedness and parent and community involvement.
  • Resource Management and Development examines the school’s resources, how they are used, and how the school plans for their use.

Serve on a Study Group

Study Groups collect evidence for the focus groups. Study groups need volunteers to commit to a half-day, full-day, or several days, during the fall to:

  • Conduct interviews
  • Observe classrooms
  • Review student work
  • Coordinate and collect documents and evidence

If your time is more restricted, serving on a self-study group allows you to participate within a limited timeframe.

Your participation on focus and/or study groups is vital to our accreditation and offers you the opportunity to help improve the school. We need you to join us!

Submit an interest form to indicate the focus group area you would be most interested in, or the study group help you can provide.