Public comprehensive, charter, and alternative schools in California use the Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS) Western Association of School and Colleges (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 school-wide action plan. Throughout the accreditation cycle, schools are expected to address the school-wide action plan and demonstrate evidence of acceptable student achievement and school improvement. Appropriate reports and reviews throughout the six-year cycle of accreditation support this process.