Guam- Southern High School and Benavente Middle School have won accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Both schools are now accredited until June 30, 2019.
Guam Department of Education (DOE) Deputy Superintendent Robert Malay says both schools received six year accreditation following a two day mid cycle review.
Malay says DOE is proud of Southern and BMS for the validation of their programs. Now, Guam DOE is looking forward to getting all the public schools accredited by WASC.
Malay says they’ll be meeting with WASC officials to develop a plan to accomplish that goal.
“Long term what we’re looking at is a way for all 40 of the public schools to become accredited,” said Malay. “I think right now, currently, we have 19 that are and 21 that are not. So, we’re talking with WASC. We met with WASC a couple weeks back and sat down and said well we’d like to kind of look at a way to get all our schools to the level of WASC accreditation. And we’re going to work closely with them to determine how to do that moving forward.”
Last year in October, DOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez activated the Education Resource Team to provide support and guidance to help Southern High in preparation for its accreditation visit.
READ the release from Guam DOE below:
Two Guam Department of Education (“GDOE”) schools, Southern High School and Vicente San Agustin Benavente Middle School, were granted six year accreditations with a two day mid-cycle review by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (“WASC”). Both schools are now accredited until June 30, 2019.
GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez is pleased with the news. “I expect this type of result for all of our schools. Our students deserve to attend schools that are fully accredited,” said Fernandez. “I would like to congratulate the communities of both Southern High and BMS for the validation of their programs.”
In October of 2012, Fernandez activated the Education Resource Team (“ERT”) to provide support and guidance to the new administrative team at the Santa Rita school.
“The ERT is a group of school administrators that provided a level of support to Southern in preparation for their accreditation visit,” said Fernandez. “The team went in, reviewed what was in place, synthesized the information and provided recommendations for the school. It was almost like having a visiting WASC team there, only it came from within our public school system.”
GDOE is currently working with WASC to explore the different avenues to get all of the public schools as well as GDOE accredited. “We need to validate that not only are all of our schools providing a quality product, but also our support divisions in the central offices,” said Fernandez. GDOE will be meeting with WASC in the coming months to develop a framework that will accomplish that task and align with the District Action Plan.